Thursday, July 15, 2021

A New Loo...

 The plumber has been and gone and I now have a new toilet. The old one was clogged, did not flush well. A masked friend attempted to use an auger but was unsuccessful. The roof stack vents were mentioned as a possible source of the drainage problem and time was spent calling several plumbers, all of whom were busy.

After receiving a recommendation from another plumber, I contacted a 24 hour plumbing concern and was given a slot for later afternoon. A gentleman showed and his assessment was that the roof stacks were not contributing to the problem and that the clog could be resolved with the use of a six foot auger but that the situation was likely to recur because of basic flaws in design.

One was that there was no provision for water to move in the bottom of the bowl via jets. The only water came down from the top and in a low flow bowl, the waste wasn't moving quickly from the bowl through the opening to the outside pipes. Known as a trap way, this can clog easily if the design or the flush meant to clear it are poor.

Though there are standards for the size of the trap way, mine was narrow rather than round, making it more difficult to clear or to insert an auger if necessary.

Two readers did not understand the concern with the roof or what it had to do with inside plumbing. Your stacks are built up into the wall and come out at your rooftop, called vents. If these clog, the drains into your home can be effected and one way this problem manifests is slow drainage of toilets, tubs or sinks. This was the first thing the plumber checked upon entering my flat because I had reported the toilet clearing very slowly. When my sinks and shower cleared without incident, he and I knew the source of the clog was inside rather than at roof level.

I ultimately decided to pull both the toilet and the aging hot water heater. When the toilet came out, roots were discovered in the floor where the flange is located. Those were cleared, but the p trap and tank also contained plant matter so over the almost nine years I've had that toilet it hosted a small ecosystem. From what I read, that isn't uncommon, especially in places like Florida.

After some issues with the height of the toilet, I now have a new Kohler which is comfortable to use and I can report that the hot water is great. The plumber was polite, cleaned up after the job and wore a mask without being asked to do so.


12 comments:

Wisewebwoman said...

I'm so happy for you and that all is functioning well again. Unexpected expenses but well worth it.

XO
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Elephant's Child said...

I am thrilled that you now have a functioning loo and delicious hot water. Sorry about the expense though.

e said...

It is indeed! xo

e said...

Thank you. I got a discount for doing both items at once.

Boud said...

Finally! I'm very happy it's resolved. Around here tree roots are not uncommon in plumbing clogs and I wondered if you had a similar situation. But design is a big issue in flushing mechanisms. Glad you found someone who could diagnose and fix.

37paddington said...

It's always a relief when contractors fully understand and fix the issue. Happy for you.

jenny_o said...

That's good news indeed, e - I'm glad also that the plumber was professional and courteous; that goes a long way.

e said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I've had an interesting time learning about various toilet features and different manufacturers which may come in handy should I ever need another toilet. There is more to know than I realized and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to learn. My plumber and his boss were both very nice too.

Steve Reed said...

I'm glad you ultimately got a toilet of the proper height! Hopefully your plumbing issues are now resolved for the foreseeable future!

Martha said...

I'm happy to hear that it all turned out well! That is good news. Plumbing problems are such a pain.

Ms. Moon said...

You must be relieved to know that your toilet problems are solved!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Plumbing problems can be a real headache - glad you got yours all sorted out.