Plumbing in the Home/Slow Toilet


I live in one side of a duplex. In the last three months, the plumber has had to come out twice. Once because the toilet was backing up into the bath sink and the shower. The other side of the duplex had been having problems too.

The second time, the toilet was clogged. I live alone, and I started using the Scott's 1000 sheets which are highly dissolvable and paper thin (suggested by the plumber).

Now, the toilet is slow. When I flush, it does not do a normal flush. It does kind of a reverse flush meaning that water gushes into the bowl then slowly drains out.

I have plunged, plunged, plunged to no avail (thinking that perhaps something was stuck further down the line).

Yet, every single time I flush, there's water gushing into the bowl, and then it drains. It drains almost all the water out of the bowl and then there is a bubbling or sucking sound. It is not allowing a lot of water in the bowl. So, now when it is finished flushing, I hold down the handle to let more water into the bowl.

This is driving me insane. I put nothing but this thin toilet paper in this bowl - what is going on?

Hey Kathy,
My first thought since you have done the above is that the ports in the toilet may be clogged up under the rim of the seat.  How old is the toilet and do you ever use bowl cleaners or have hard water?  Let me share a site or two with you that may help explain more on just how to clear these, but all you really did to do is get a small nail and poke it into each port under the seat of your toilet and see if this doesn't solve the problem.  These get clogged and prevent the proper water flow.

I hope these help and good luck,

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