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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2017

when flushing my toilet fills to high and after a period of time water leakes out causes tank gases to smell in hou

slow to drain but when plunged goes down

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Here are a few related links to previous similar questions with answers FYI -

Normally, if it drains out enough to let sewer gases in, the problem is paper or a washcloth or such draped over the gooseneck (the curved part inside the toilet casting that commonly shows on the outside of the toilet base as a "gooseneck" curved shape) - so it acts as a wick and wicks the water out of the bowl, thereby removing the water trap that keeps the sewer gases out. When you flush there is a continuing inflow that refills the bottom of the bowl to prevent this - but if it wicks out over time there is no inflow to refill the trap.

If noticeably slow to drain then there is morer than paper in there - you have a partial blockage, but same clearing method. If flushes normally but drains the trap water out, then usually just paper or fabric draped over the high point of the gooseneck.

Usually if not a foreign materiual (washcloth, sock, sanitary napkin, etc) a couple of 2-3 gallon buckets of full-hot water from the shower/tub, with a bit of liquid dish soap for lubrication and to help break the paper down, will clear it - works best if you pour fast enough to keep the water just under the rim without overflowing.

Additional plunging (with added water in bowl to keep it near full) may also clear it, but less quickly.

Rarely it takes a snaking out with a closet snake - many plumbers will scream at me about this but unless you have deteriorated metal sewer lines Liquid Plumber Gel type drain cleaner will also clear this if material that is supposed to be in there - be sure to get the tub and toilet-safe type so you don't damage the porcelain lining in the bowl.


Very rarely - it is due to leakage out of the bowl due to a cracked toilet casting - though a leak should show up and you should have urine odor pretty quickly if that is the case.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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