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Question DetailsAsked on 8/30/2015

How do I lower the water level in the toilet bowl.

The bowl level is. High when I flush the level rises and sometimes won't overflow but the water won't drain all the way down

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IF the water stays high and won't drain all the way down, that means there is a clog in the high point of the gooseneck - the curved siphon built into the toilet itself, commonly seen as a gooseneck shaped bulge on the side of the toilet casting.

If not fully plugged, so the water slowly drains down, three ways to solve. IF not draining down at all,, first option is out - others still good in order of ease:

1) sometimes just a couple of shots of liquid soap (just a small one if kitchen sink rather than hand soap) in the bowl, then 2-3 of buckets of hot water from the tub (full hot) poured in so the water level stays almost up to the underside of the rim till it flushes the blockage ouyt. Obviously, regulate pouring rate to keep high but not overfill) will flush it out. If 3 buckets (about 2-3 gallon sized) of hot watear will not do it, go onto #2.

2) if that fails, plunging - works best if bowl is about 3/4 full but not so high you slosh over the rim, and plunge on the back-pull or suction side aftear gently compressing the plunger in the bottom of the bowl, not pushing down - that just packs the clocg tighter. You want to suction the clog back toward the bowl - the way it got clogged in the first place. If toilet is not draining at all you will have to bail out about 1/3 of the wataer in the bowl first and dump down another toilet so you don't splash water all over the floor.

3) last resort, which I have NEVER had to use unless there was a foreign object in the toilet (towel, toy, etc) is a closet auger - a plumbers snake but the closet auger type has a rubber protector so you don't scratch the bowl porcelain.

IF not up to doing yourself, Plumber - Drain Cleaning or a Sewer and Drain Cleaner for about $100 plus or minus $25-50 depending on local labor costs can do it in quick order.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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