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    I have a Toto Ultramax toilet, and I had no major issue with this one piece toilet(Installed 2.5 years ago). But from last two months, it's flush not working properly. Flush too weak and sometimes don't complete the flush. What can I do now?
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    Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

    Originally posted by enkome View Post
    I have a Toto Ultramax toilet, and I had no major issue with this one piece toilet(Installed 2.5 years ago). But from last two months, it's flush not working properly. Flush too weak and sometimes don't complete the flush. What can I do now?
    A few things :
    - plunge the toilet to see if there's a blockage
    - check to be sure the tank is filling correctly
    - check to be sure that nothing is obstructing the flow of water from the tank (flow is good?)
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      Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

      Check your air vent to make sure it’s not obstructed.

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        Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

        Originally posted by John-in-Abbotsford View Post
        Check your air vent to make sure it’s not obstructed.
        Bingo! Most toilets act up in cold weather or when the vent pipe going up through the roof is covered in snow or ice. Texas is a big place and some of it is cold. Another thing that happens in warmer southern climates is bird and squirrel nests in the pipes.
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          Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

          Originally posted by John-in-Abbotsford View Post
          Check your air vent to make sure it’s not obstructed.
          That's a new one on me. I have lived my entire life in places that get as cold as -50'c and I'd not heard of that, but it just makes a lot of sense. I learned something new ... it's a good day!

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            Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

            John I've lived in houses that never had the problem. Sometimes it just depends on the wind direction, temperature and type of snow. It's also the reason that some ceiling exhaust fans will drip on very rare occasions.
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              Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

              With heavy wind gusts I can see the level in the toilet bowl moving so there is certainly a connection.
              Rob

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                Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                From the OP’s description there is inadequate water getting to the toilet bowl to flush properly. Check the tank refill level and the flush controls in the tank. Might also look at the flapper valve condition.
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                Egon
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                The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                  Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                  One other item to look at. Some of the newer flapper valves can be weighted, by an adjustment on the flapper that allows it to be filled/weighted with water, if it’s too saturated and heavy with water it may be closing off too soon.

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                    Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                    I'm guessing you've checked the mechanical parts in the tank, never heard about a weighted flapper so that sounds like something easily missed.

                    Also another vote towards checking out the vent, I've been doing septic and a fair bit of plumbing for 13 years now... if the issue is weird it's usually venting.
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                      Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                      Step one is to make sure you have a good toilet. Some of the junk out there does not work at the best of times.
                      "Do it Right!"

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                        Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                        I have a new home here and used an American Standard Ravenna 3. I call it the Woooosh!! Works great on movements as big as bear crap.

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                          Re: Toilet flush is weak! What can I do now?

                          I have heard stories that old toilets that use lots of water to flush are coming back into demand. Some are apparently refurbing the oldies and reselling them because the old style had the flush to carry the stuff right through their discharge line to the city line and so no blockages.

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