Water coming from the cistern is not capable of flushing the commode?


I agree with Daniel Griscom. Get a Plumber or a new toilet or both to save yourself from the below ordeal, which isn't bad it's just experience. The plus is that you'll be able to unclog most any toilet thereafter.

As long as the Cistern Tank's dumping its water quickly, then you've got a slow draining problem. A slow draining tank is extremely rare & the only solution would be to replace everything in & attaching the tank. Otherwise, floss the toilet's entire very short run of drain, which you may see embossed on the side of the toilet's bottom section under the tank.

You want to get a Drain Auger or turned on Garden Hose into every portion of the toilet's drain while repeatedly flushing...poke, twist & bend with the flushing to hopefully catch the edge of whatever debris. If this has only a slight improvement, then you'll need to remove the toilet & do the same from the other end into the toilet bowl to ensure the toilet's drain is clear.

Finally, one main...

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If I understand correctly, the tank that holds water is not filling up with water.

1) If this is the problem, then you need new toilet fill valve.
Or clean sediment out of existing fill valve by removing and soaking in CLR calcium rust lime.

To replace fill valve:
Look at water supply line coming into tank.
Supply line connects to fill valve.

Buy new fill valve at home center, hardware store, or walmart, or online.
There are two nuts connected to valve. Each nut has companion rubber washer

One nut & washer seal water supply line to tank.
Second nut & washer seal valve to tank.

2) If water tank is full of water, but water does not flow rapidly into bowl when you push flush lever, then your toilet is clogged with sediment.

To solve sediment problem when flush water will not flow rapidly into tank, then buy CLR calcium lime rust.
Pour CLR down into overflow tube located inside water tank.
Make a funnel by...

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Who invented it?[edit]

Flush toilets were first used in parts of India and Pakistan (that is, what are now India and Pakistan) about 2,700 years ago. The cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro had a flush toilet in almost every house, attached to a sophisticated sewage system. Remains of sewage systems have been found in the houses of the Minoan cities of Crete and Santorini in Greece. There were also toilets in ancient Egypt, Persia and China. "In Roman civilization, toilets were sometimes part of public bath houses where men and women were together in mixed company." Toilets are usually connected to a septic tank, or to a sewer.

In 1775 Alexander Cummings invented the S-trap, which is still used today, that used standing water to seal the outlet of the bowl, preventing the escape of foul air from the sewer. His design had a sliding valve in the bowl outlet above the trap.

The flush toilet is sometimes called a water closet ("WC").

How does it get...

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Use a plumber's auger or a "snake.

" If the clog is close to the top, the plunger should get it. If it has worked its way down the pipe, however, you might need the heavy artillery. A plumber's auger, also called a "snake," is essentially a long wire that you can reel out and guide through the pipe to forcefully dislodge the clog and then reel back up.

Aim the tip of the auger into the bowl drain and reel it out. Be very careful not to force it and crank slowly and evenly. You don't want to bust a pipe fitting or get the auger stuck. When you've run the auger out, or feel that you've broken up the clog, reel it back in and try to plunge the toilet again or flush it and see if the clog has worked it's way through. If you don't want to buy an auger, you can fashion a simple device with a wire hanger to try to get at the...
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Below are a number of common problems encounters with cisterns and lavatories. The first question you need to ask is "has this problem just appeared, has it got gradually worse or has it always been there ?", the answer should guide you to whether something has broken, worn or possibly been wrong since installation - this should help you discount some suggested causes.

Cistern does not flush when handle/chain is operated:

If a syphon type of cistern has never flushed properly, the likelihood is that the water level is too low - it should be about 12mm (half inch) below the overflow outlet. To correct this, raise the height of the float, the method depends upon the type of valve/ball fitted: On some set-ups there is a hinge in the arm between the valve and the ball with a lock nut/screw - loosen off the nut/screw and adjust the hinge. Other systems have an adjustable screw at the valve end of the arm (normally with a lock nut), release the lock nut and adjust the...
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We live out in the rural area, too far from the county water lines, and the water tables are polluted because of old oil wells. We built our house in 1997, with this current water system. at first, the water was pvc piped into the house, but after the first winter when the lines froze and broke, we came up with the current hose circulation system to prevent that. It's been 4 F actual outside temperature and the water hasn't froze! The only time we had a problem, was the ice storm of 2007, when the power was out for a week. The circulation pump in the tank couldn't pump, so the water did freeze. If we would have had a generator in place, this wouldn't have happened.
The main water tank outside is 1500 gallons, the reserve tank is 400 gallons. We get about 600 gallons to 1 inch of rain from our roof space. The main roof is 20' x 48', the second story roof is an additional 16' x 20'. We have water flow restricters and a low water flush toilet in use in the house. It's just like...

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A toilet flush valve may take a number of different forms, though they are all designed to deliver water into a toilet bowl. Many types allow this water to pass from a cistern into the bowl, though there are also tankless toilet variants that use a high-pressure valve. Cistern-type toilets can use a flapper valve, a siphon-type valve, or even a high-pressure assist. In any case, by introducing a large amount of water into the toilet bowl, the flush valve can cause the commode to empty its contents through a siphoning effect.

Flapper-type toilet flush valves are common in the US and many parts of Europe. This type involves a rubber or plastic stopper that is seated over the water outlet to the toilet bowl. When the toilet is flushed, this flapper is lifted off the water outlet and allowed to float in the water contained in the cistern. Then, as the water flows out into the toilet bowl, the flapper gradually moves back into place. When the tank refills, the flapper is held in...

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by Barry (New Lenox, IL)

Question:: I have a 1995 Four Winds 5000 Class A gas 30 foot long motorhome. How do I flush the water supply?

Answer: Here is a list of procedures for each type of holding tank you would want to flush, as well as some best practices.

Keep all dump valves closed until ready to dump. Leaving valves open only allows solids to dry like concrete at the bottom and sides of your holding tanks.Don’t dump unless the tank is at least 1/2 full. If you need to dump because you are leaving but do not have at least a 1/2 tank then fill the tank until it is at least 1/2 full.Buy a clear fitting for the dump valve or the end of the dump hose so you can see what is flowing down the dump hose and see when the waste water looks clear.Dump the black water tank first, then the grey water tank. This will ensure that the dump hose will be left as clean as can be expected without any black water residue.Do not use your fresh water hose to flush your waste...
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Toilet Repair TIPS

Partial Flush - flapper dropping too fast Phantom Flusher - toilet fills by itself Noisy Filler - sediment in filler valve Poor Flush - sediment clogging syphon jet or under-rim holes - see below for EASY DIY fix CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter

Weak Flusher

You could have a first generation 1.6 gallon flush toilet that is destined to failure. Look inside the tank for a manufacture date stamped in the clay. If it was made during the time period from January 1, 1994 to mid-1997, this could be the problem. No matter what you do, it will not flush right.

If the toilet was made before 1994, hard water deposits in the syphon jet hole or the angled bowl rim swirl holes may be the source of your frustration.

You can try to clean them out with wood sticks and oversized toothpicks, but a muriatic acid wash will really do the job. Mix one part acid to 10 parts water. Using a funnel, carefully pour one half of this solution down...

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the property is a new build, about 1 and a half years old. It's a set of 21 appartments. there's absolutly no access panels what-so-ever. The shower is on the same wall and also has concealed workings.

the other bathroom is the same.

the only stop valve is the main stopvalve which stops all water across the property - there's nothing to isolate baths, taps, toilets or anything.

It's rented but our letting agent (can't deal with land lord directly) is that special kind of useless and has not replied to me at all. (this happenned yesterday)

cheechm, there's no sign of keyhole (even a tiny one) on the button assebly. I thought the whole thing would unscrew by turning it with the palm of my hand but it doesn't.

It's utterly stupid design. I bet they were sold as 'maintainance free' or something silly. These appartments were never intended to be rented out, so I guess they were installed to give a better finish and maintainance would be int he hands of...

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Unfortunately there are no easy-to-spot signs of a leaking septic tank; most homeowners will not know their septic tank is leaking unless it is opened and pumped out. This may be done for routine maintenance or may be done during a real-estate inspection.

Where leaks occur

Most septic tanks are installed in a top and bottom section, and it’s where these two sections meet that we most often find leaks. The seam of the tank is usually several feet below the surface of the ground, so there are usually no visual signs over or around the tank that indicate excessive moisture.

Two indicators of leaks

Low liquid level

The tank should always be filled to the outlet pipe (about 8-12 inches from the top of the tank). All tanks should be watertight, so the wastewater inside should still be there several years later if the home is left unoccupied.

If a home is occupied, a leaking tank may not be detected because the...

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