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Using Muratic Acid To Make Flushing Problem Go Away


Name: Roberto  City:

Question: My problem is that when I flush the toilet not all the waste products are flushed, infact the whirlpool motion barely gets started then the septic tanks runs out of water (I'm watching with the cover off the septic tank). One thing I have noticed which is different from before is when I flush now the water level in the toilet bowl itself seems to rise higher than before (as far as I can remember), not sure if this is indicating some sort of blocking further down in the pipe. I've been guilty of flushing things like used fabric softner sheets and the lint buildup in the dryer screen. But I always use to them soak up water before flushing, oh well. Below is an excerpt I found, I tried something similar by pouring about a half gallon of muratic acid into the overflow tube and letting it sit there for 1/2 hour. Then I flushed the toilet but the same problem. I haven't yet tried to clear out all the jet holes from underneath the toilet rim but that's next. Below I'm confused about a few things which are mentioned, if it's the jet holes which are clogged would I pour the acid down the overflow tube or the hole which the flapper valve covers? Any help would be appreciated. You can email me at tenbaggio@yahoo.com ============================== There is a buildup of scale in the passageway of the toilet bowl. A hard crust of scale can develop on the walls of the passageways of the toilet bowl and bowl rim that will restrict and slow the flow of water. While you can usually chip away the scale that you can see, there is a layer coating the passageway that you can't reach. This scale restricts the passageways and the holes in the bowl rim and reduces the flow of water. The toilet will have to be replaced ... unless you are willing to take some further rather extreme steps. The following email from J.L. of NYC, NY, an enthusiastic student of Toiletology 101, says it all: Kay, your page is absolutely great. I'd like to make this contribution: Ok. Here goes: I own an American Standard one piece toilet that's 10 years old, but this method will work in any unit. My bowl became so full of scale that it no longer had the swirling action that's essential for a good flush. Using a small nail and a mirror, I scraped away what I could from the small holes around the inside of the rim, but that did next to nothing. Now it was necessary to bring out the big guns ... Muriatic Acid. But first a few more words of caution. READ all the directions and precautions written on the container before you leave the hardware store. If you have any questions or doubts about using the product ... ask for help. I would suggest you wear protective gloves and safety glasses. 1) Turn off the water supply to the toilet. 2) Flush the toilet to empty the tank. Using a sponge, remove as much water as you can from the tank and bowl. 3) From a one-gallon container of Muriatic Acid (BE CAREFUL !!! Follow all precautions written on the label) pour a couple of ounces down the overflow. 4) Pour the entire remainder of the gallon into the bowl. 5) Cover the tank and bowl openings with plastic wrap. 6) Let everything sit for 24 hours. 7) After 24 hours, turn on the water supply. 8) Flush. 9) Remove the plastic wrap. Magic! Swirling like crazy. I did this in my weekend home. A plumber recommended "using acid." I've used muriatic for other things like etching metal, etc. There's nothing tricky about using the acid, if you're careful. I think that this is such a great tip that it's worth posting with an appropriate warning. As to damage to the toilet, the acid has no affect on porcelain whatsoever. Thanks again for your great page.


Name: homebild | Date: January 21, 2005, 5:42
Answer: Using muriatic acid to clean a toilet is crazy. There are better ways to clean a toilet that has hard water scale deposits. But unless you have hard water, and the symptoms don't point to that, it appear that you have a blockage in the toilet itself or your drains need to be snaked.