My father-in-law has two of these toilets that were installed at about the same time (3 years ago). This problem is occurring with both, and started at roughly the same time. This leads me to believe that it is driven by the hard well water that he is using. The problem seems to be that the inner column of the flush tower is supposed to grab the outer column, but doesn't. When you flush, the inner column also raises the outer column which is evidently the drain plug. When raised to full height, the outer column drops down and reseals the tank. When you release the lever, the inner column drops down and reengages the outer column and is ready for the next flush. His problem is that about 80% of the time, the inner column doesn't engage the outer. So you have to trip the lever about 5 to 10 times before it does. Eventually it will. My recommendation to him was to soak the parts overnight in vinegar. He hasn't done that yet though. My logic is that there are probably lime deposits on whatever mechanism causes the engaging of the two columns. These deposits are preventing the engaging.
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I had the same issue wit my champion toilet the issue was finally resolved by using a plastic drain snake and cleaning out the flush tube at bottom of drain (1" hole at bottom of drain facing toward front of toilet) mine was restricted down to 1/2" "bad casting I think"
There is a clog in the line. A plunger usually solves this problem, but you have to use a toilet plunger. Your local hardware store will give you the right tool ($13). If the plunger doesn't work, you need a toilet auger (also called a closet auger), which you can buy for less than $20.
Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.
i dont think you have toilet issue,
Try this. take a large bucket, like a paint or home depot orange bucket. fill 1/2 way... put some toilet paper in the toilet. Then pour the water in fast, and see how it flushes. it it does a easy flush then your drain is ok. if its slow, you have a drain issue and not the toilet.
if that the case, then goto the toilet, and clean out all of the little holes, that are around the unit.. where you see the water come out. they can be clogged up. a small type wire like a clothes hanger.
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First make sure that tank is filling up to water line inside of tank. Depending on what type of flush valve and water level cotrol you have there are several ways to adjust water level. If you can adjust level to just below overflow tube.
On some of the older models that were just trying to comply with govt. water use standards they had problems getting them to flush completley on one flush. Depending on what method the manufacturer choose to use you can modifiy them to use more water on each flush and make them work better.
On the older toliets they used 3.5-4 gallons of water per flush and now they are not allowed to use more than 1.6 G.P.F. so they had to find various means to accomplish this. I am on my third toilet since this law came into effect and the one we have now uses a 3 inch diameter flush valve instead of the 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 of older models. It does work better but of course I had to buy and install new toilet. i'm sorry if this is not much help but a lot of the first generation 1.6 flush toilets just don't work very well. Thanks
Are your wast water pipes in your house vented through the roof? If they are maybe the vent pipe is clogged. At my father in-laws house the pipes are not vented through the roof like their supposed to be to vent sewer gas. they are not vented at all. Every time you flush it sounds like someone is downs stairs screaming. Something to do with air/ suction in the pipes.
You have replaced the flush valve completely? If so and the unit is still leaking, you may have a small crack in the tank or your just not getting the tank to bowl fittings tight enough. Also, they make two different thicknesses in the tank to bowl gasket. Make sure you are using the thicker of the two. You posted this under the American Std. thread, so if this is correct, give them a call. There could be a recall on this particular toilet due to a flaw.
The foam block does a few things: It helps with noise level, helps prevent condensation and also takes up space in the tank to lessen water usage with each flush.
Keep an eye on the outside of the tank and if you don't ever notice any moisture on the outside of the tank then I wouldn't worry about it all!!