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I flush my toilet and it wont flush most of the time and it will just have water swirl around the bowl. The water never reaches the top of the bowl. What seems to be the problem?

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It sounds like you have a small clog. try plunging the toilet, but if that doesn't work try liquid plumber or a snake

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