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Toilet nonfunctioning after heavy rain

I live in a community that's sewer system is overwhelmed after a heavy rain. this causes my toilet not to flush; however all the other drains in the house work fine. does anyone know what the problem could be; how to fix. what effect would a pressurized toilet have in these circumstances. (toilet is over 30 years old don't know brand)

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SOURCE: toilet wont flush completely. it may take 4 times

there is no air release. the vent must be clogged somewhere. you can take a hose up there and see if it drains all the way or floods over. since the tub drain has a trap and the toilet itself is a trap, there has to bee a good amount of air pressure coming up without a release. i would say an obstruction. possibly at the junction of the main and the vent.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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hello, this is a standard toilet you will need to inspect the flapper that is the rubber flap that holds the water up in the tank it works when you pull the lever it pulls the chain upward and lets the water flow if this flapper is old it may not stay up long enough for the water to flow. open the tank top and flush the toilet see if this flapper is staying up long enough and giving the tank enough time to empty if not change this rubber flapper its inexpensive part.
if this is not the reason then you need to adjust your water filler valve there should be a small screw on top of the pivoting float arm
if you have to adjust it for the water limit line inside the tank this will be the proper amount of water needed to flush once completely

also check that the chain lenth on the pull lever is not pulling the flapper down quicker than its supposed to,

try this let me know your results
hope it helps

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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The water in the tank is not filling to the water line, thereby not providing enough water to flush properly. Adjust the float so that the tank fills to the water line

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: sewer oder from toilet replaced wax ring dident

The wax ring would only help if the toilet wasn't sealed to the drain. Is the odor coming up through the toilet? If so then your water level must be low in the bowl, allowing the trap to be open to air. Make sure the little hose from the fill valve is dumping into the overflow. This helps make sure the toilet stays full, when refilling.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010

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I would suspect some sort of air lock in the pipe, or just a partial blockage which is slowing the water flow.
You may be able to clear it using a rubber plunger. You need a plunger that has a metal or hard plastic disk fitted above the rubber cup (to prevent the cup turning inside out).
If you have an ordinary plunger without the disk you could probably make one to fit it - perhaps the bottom cut out of a plastic drinks bottle and a hose clip to hold it in place.
You will need to work the plunger quite vigorously up and down in the toilet bowl to force a pulse of water through the system.
Pouring a large bucket full of water down the toilet after plunging may have more impact than just normal flushing. It will also refill the trap.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011

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