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Old 03-30-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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I have rebuilt houses from the stude inward..but a plumber I am not..

WE just mooved into this house and it has a septic system. It has two full baths. The toilet in the master bedroom works pretty good. The toilet in the other bath works when it wants to.
When the toilet is flushed it will follow through and complerte the cycle--maybe 20%-40% of the time..Other times it will back fill just short of overflowing, and the water slowly drains to the point it is no longer visible in the bowl.
Is this a septic problem or something else?
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Sounds like a clogged vent.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Holiday, FL
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I have rebuilt houses from the stude inward..but a plumber I am not..

WE just mooved into this house and it has a septic system. It has two full baths. The toilet in the master bedroom works pretty good. The toilet in the other bath works when it wants to.
When the toilet is flushed it will follow through and complerte the cycle--maybe 20%-40% of the time..Other times it will back fill just short of overflowing, and the water slowly drains to the point it is no longer visible in the bowl.
Is this a septic problem or something else?
If the previous occupant had little kids, there might be a plastic toy at the drain from the toilet into the drain. wouldn't be the first time. Took mine off and it was one of those hollow plastic blocks that came out the bottom in pieces. Works fine ever since.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I'm no plumber either, but I would think if it was a septic problem you would be having issues in all drains, since they all enter the tank via the same pipe.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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The problem you describe does not sound systemic. Most likely it is either an obstruction in the toilet itself, or an obstruction in the trap arm draining that particular toilet.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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If the previous occupant had little kids, there might be a plastic toy at the drain from the toilet into the drain. wouldn't be the first time. Took mine off and it was one of those hollow plastic blocks that came out the bottom in pieces. Works fine ever since.

This is very possible. The washer drain was spewing all over and when we dropped the assembly / elbow a box cutter and sharpie fell out...

I was hoping it was more like an obstruction / maybe vent problem and not a septic issue...
I guess I will pull the toilet and check for those toys.

THANKS!!!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:05 AM
 
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Call a nearest Plumber in your area: They are the ones who can solve that problem, call now while the problem is still small enough.

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So you make house calls??
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