The Bad Toilet Flush Page
|My toilet water and anything in it will not drain, it continues to swirl around and around,
if I pour water in the toilet while it is swirling the stuff "then" drains.
to me like your ports are
clogged. there are small
ports under the rim of the
bowl. and 1 large one about
the size of a nickel. at
the bottom of the bowl the
larger one I call the main
Click on the image to see a larger image, This is from inside the bowl.
Do you have this problem? If you can't figure out for sure what is causing the problem.
If it is clogged you
will have the problem you
described. sometimes if you
have hard water you will
get a lime build up in the
ports and they clog. this
is simple to fix. Take a small screw driver and clean out the
port. also take a nail and clean out the ports under the rim.
If you use those drop in tabs like blue water and Clorox tabs, some times when there is only a small piece left, it gets flushed from the tank and clogs the port hole.
If this has happened you will
have a very hard time breaking it up to get that stuff out because it moves
out of the way when you try to break it up. and it can take months to
dissolve. the best thing to do is never use drop in tabs.
I hope this is helpful good luck.
Other Possible causes
1 The toilet may be clogged. Try this trick. get a bucket of water flush the
toilet and at the same time pour the water from the bucket into the bowl.
does it flush correctly now or does it fill the bowl to almost over flowing?
if it flushes correctly it is not clogged.
2 The vent could be clogged. this is not likely.
3 Do you have hard water and are there hard water stains in the bowl? If
yes your ports may be clogged with lime. Use a small nail to clean out the
ports (yes the ones in the bowl under the rim)
4 Do you use those blue water or bleach drop in things? Some times when they
are almost all dissolved the little piece gets flushed from the tank and
clogs the main port ( the main port is the one at the bottom of the bowl it
shoots water directly into the drain.) if this is the problem, you can try
to break it up with a screw driver, but it is hard because it will keep
moving away from you. it can take more then a month for this to dissolve on
I hope this answers your question. please let me know how it works out.
You made my day. Our 38th anniversary even!
I was not familiar of all the aspects of "toiletology". Equipped
your information I went with a screw driver to check the main port. I
knew that it looked so very gray over there. I could not find any hole
there at all. Even a piece of baling wire did not go through. So I
started chipping the grey stuff and pretty soon chunks of it sarted to
come lose. Now there is a gaping hole and we have a swirl! So I want to
thank you so very much for your answer.
Since my husband's stroke 1988 I have been the plumber ( not too good),
the carpenter, the farmer etc. Now I have a new talent to add to my
The advice you gave to
correct a toilet flush problem was indeed excellent. I too had a
similar problem whereby the water in the bowel would swirl around and around
before the stuff finally flushed away and even then, a bit of paper would
return to the bottom of the bowel. I poked and removed some hard
water build-up from the main port and that made a BIG IMPROVEMENT.
Can all the ports be plugged up with, say, duct tape then pour lime remover
or vinegar down the toilet tank flush tube to dissolve and clean all
the ports? Of course the water would be turned off and all water in
the tank removed. Then leave the solution in the tank and ports
for a day to allow enough time for the lime to dissolve? Would that
Thanks for the great advice,