I have a toilet which drains out quite slowly and water rises to the brim when the flush is exercised.

I have already used the plunger multiple times to try to see if it makes a difference, but it has not helped much. The water level still takes about 30 minutes to go low after a flush. I am clueless at this point.

Is there anything else I can try? Is there a 'draino' equivalent for toilets?

  • Did this happen suddenly? Or has it gotten worse over time? Are you in a house or a condo? Are you a renter or an owner?
    – Nick2253
    Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 19:57
  • Yes the slowing down happened suddenly. Or atleast as far as I remember. We are in a condo and a renter. But I don't want to bother the owner for this.
    – vivekian2
    Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 20:04
  • Should a product like this homedepot.com/p/… be ok to use?
    – vivekian2
    Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 20:06
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    Toilet snake'll work if you can get someone to confess to dropping a toothbrush or its like down there. Such objects can be remarkably resustant to plunging. Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 20:22
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    If you are a renter, then I would bother the owner. That is part of what you get when you pay rent: they take care of maintenance issues for you. You shouldn't be paying more money and spending time to fix your own maintenance issues. You're already paying for it in your rent.
    – Nick2253
    Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 22:26

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I would use a toilet snake as @Wayfaring Stranger suggested. The home depot treatment you looked at is not a drain cleaner but a septic treatment. You might try warm water. When the water is low in the bowl (as in after plunging), slowly add a large pot of warm water to the bowl. Use warm water from the faucet not boiling water. Boiling water may crack the porcelain. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Plunge it again. then flush. The warm water may soften soap or grease that is in the trap.


Try substituting your plunger for a more powerful bellows plunger.

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