10 Flushable Facts About the Toilet

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Subject: toilets

when it doesn't go down with one flush ''just fill a very large pot with hot water flush and add all water at same time .it will ALL go down..works every time.

Jack Dermkee

Subject: Septic systems

With all I just read about septic systeme (grew up with one) I couldn't help but wonder why nobody mentioned YEAST. It helps break down the solids in the tank faster when added every month or so and it does not take a 1 lb block like Dad used. A few tablespoons seem to work just as well


Subject: toilet runs and runs

To replace the insides of a toilet, first learn how to spell toilet. Replacing the overflow tube, float, and boot so it won't run and run should cost you less then $20. First try replacing the boot, item that falls on to the opening that the water flows out of to flush the toilet. If that doesn't work replace the rest. I replaced the insides of my toilet a couple of years ago for about $15.


Subject: toilets running constantly

Adjust the valve in the tank before replaceing anything in a new toilet, if you dont know how? Look up the brand you have and type in, how to adjust valve in a #*/!*#? There very simple to repair, but can be messy if your not mindful of what order you perform the steps it take to do so. A common valve is an easy fix. Read the direction.

Dave Kauffman Jr

Subject: "running toilet"

i read the other responses here,as an ex-plumber(disabled now) the ballcock isnt allways the culprit,you need to watch for water in the float ball ofcourse,doesnt happen much with plastic,but back in the day with the copper ones,they would separate and get water inside and then were unless.the other problem is the flush valve itself,it can get old and the rubber will break down,and not seal,sometimes the rim of the flush valve under the "flapper" will get a chip in it,and will then leak...my point..dont just look at the ballcock only.

John O. Graybeal

Subject: Flappers

Most running toilet issues have to do with the flapper or fill valve. If the fill valve is adjusted properly it will shut off at the "fill" mark. Sometimes sediment gets in the valve causing it to malfunction in which case the water continues to run and goes down the overflow tube. Solution replace fill valve (about $20.00 at Lowe's) More common is the flapper either gets hung up or leaks. If it gets hung up the tank will not fill up. If it leaks the tank will fill, the fill valve shut off, only to come on minutes later until the tank is "full" and it shuts off again--this repeats because the flapper valve (outlet) is leaking. Flappers are less than $5.00 at Lowe's and probably should be replace every year or so whether leaking or not, or at least have one on hand.


Subject: Running toilet

We had a running toilet problem also. Called a plummer and he charged a flat fee of $300 to do a minor rebuild. We had him do it, but since our other toilets had the same problem, we decided to try it ourselves. We went to Lowes and bought a $15 rebuild kit and fixed all of the other toilets in the house (4 of them). Saved $1200. The work took 10 minutes per toilet. Try doing it yourself. You will save so much money.


Subject: toilet running forever

Yes, go to walmart and buy a new ball and cock system for the tank. That should fix the issue and cost only around $20

Tito Develasco

Subject: Running Toilet

Do it yourself, go to Home Depot, it will cost you anywhere from $7-12. It's made by flowmaster. It's called a ballcock valve


Subject: Running toilet

It very well could be that you just need to ajust the float.Search toilet repair on youtube,it's an easy fix.Good luck.

Dennis Dee

Subject: Niagara

I have a Niagara .8 gallon unit. So far it works great and I save water


Subject: Toilets

I guess I should be so very grateful, have a two bath house, the baths were remodeled in 1958 with Union Made Richmond 4.0 gallon flush that can be adjusted from 3.0 to 5.0 gallons of water. Have lived here for 20 years, never once have these two toilets not flushed. A few years ago they begin to slow, I noticed in the trap there was a build up of lime etc, I put one toilet out of service for a week and filled it with vinegar, this completely cleaned the lime build up off. Then the next toilet was cleaned with vinegar. I keep these toilets set a 4.0 gallons of water. I have never had a modern low flush toilet flush properly every single time. The one at work which cost 800 dollars plus installation to replace an excellent old one never will take paper and all down on the first flush and often takes 3 flushes. Three flushes as 2.5 gallons is 7.5 gallons of water. The low flow toilet as a result uses much more water and requires much more time standing and waiting on refill to flush again and again. Our method of saving water at home, is when it is yellow it is mellow, when it is brown flush it down. So I guess I should be very grateful that I have these old wonderful toilets that work all the time:) Many people I know who have paid great amounts of money for modern toilets have way too much trouble flushing....

Cliff Shoemake

Subject: Low Flow Toilet That WORKS!

We have a Gerber Low Flow toilet that we installed ourselves over 25 years ago and it ALWAYS WORKS! It has a pressure bladder instead of relying on gravity working on 1.5 gallons of water. Everyone that uses it has been impressed with how well it flushes. Never ever has needed to be flushed twice! The only maintainence it's needed is cleaning the tiny input screen that prevents grit and dirt from getting into the bladder. It was made in America and cost less than $400! Well worth every penny!


Subject: Whats really going on

Ok I'm no Engineer, and I've never worked or visited a treatment plant but what I do know is that a bowel movement is one of the most natural things we humans do. I believe that if we think in a (Natural way) we humans will discover a more natural way of returning to nature what we harvested in the first place. I know it will be hard to do but if we "HUMANS" go back to eating natural foods then nature will take care of itself. The part about meat being the source of toxic material in our bowel is absolutely true. thanks "Patrick" I'm not a Vegetarian and I do not know why we started eating meat other them watching carnivores kill and eat there prey (mimicked behavior) but until we run out of trees and start looking for another "Charmin genie" we will continue poisoning our world with our ignorance.


Subject: what's really going on

The eating of meat was what enabled the formation of civilization as we know it. In order to obtain enough calories to live a ceature the size of a man would spend almost all of the time grazing leaving little time for innovation. If man suddenly converted to veggies alone most of us would starve because of the lack of land suitable to grow the crops needed to sustain life. That being said, we eat way too much meat.


Subject: Benefits of meat

Permalink, other than the fact that our bodies evolved to eat meat as well as vegetable matter (our teeth easily show that story), meat eating provided benefits to our ancestors and still does today. Protein, minerals and vitamins essential for growth and health, including that of the central nervous system. Human brain development could not have happened without the consumption of meat. Recent finds have shown that meat eating goes back further than scientists had previously thought.

Now, the problem today is that most of the meat we consume bears has little in common with what our ancestors ate. Grass-fed, pastured meat and meat products are the closest equivalent to the type of meat that prehistoric man ate. Feedlot-based meat and meat products (also injected with all sorts of supplements), contain virtually no omega-3 fatty acids. Grass-fed meat and meat products are nutritionally superior and contain balanced ratios of the nutrients the body needs for vibrant health. Incidently, one challenge of getting sufficient proteins out of vegetarian diets is the strict attention you must pay to food combinations to try to replicate the balance already existing in meat.


Subject: Another reason to keep the lid closed

I am in a three office, reception area, and a bathroom. A new receptionist kept the lid closed. I noticed that humidity was more tolerable. Then it hit me. Using the lid, she was sealing a large bowl of water outside our offices that otherwise would be spewing water into the air.



My toilet used to need a good plunge two times a week because it would plug up when flushed.I solved this problem by spending a little more money on the toilet paper I used. I went from cheap paper that would plug the toilet to Charmin Ulta Soft which actually dissolves in the pipe and have had no further use for my plunger ever since and no this isnt a commercial for Charmin tissue though it could be,thats how good this paper is.


Subject: E. coli in toilets

Why would scientist's 'plant' dangerous E.coli bacteria to perform a test?

Aren't there less dangerous dyes or chemicals that would produce the same results?


Subject: Toilet bowl

They found the E. Coli on the floor, after a flush with seat up, they didn't "plant" it.


Subject: compost toilets

Please close the lid before flushing. Keep clean with a bidet toilet seat lid. Educate yourselves and support compost toilets, a simple and necessary revolution that already exists and can solve water, health, and environmental disaster. Get rid of thinking in the sewer and recycling poop for drinking water. It takes very little sunshine to incinerate waste into humus. Consider the possibilities of saving 60% of our water and the millions of aging, leaky sewer pipes and treatment plants that require hauling the mountains of sludge that has been treated with carcinogenics.

don c.

Subject: toilet



Subject: Do ya think you could give me a link, or a name?

My low-flow clogs up every 5th or so dump. It's nerve-wracking, esp. when I have visitors.
I need the toilet you mentioned to make my life complete-er. Do you think you could throw me the name of twoilet you just described. I'd be most grateful.
I'm so tired of using my frickin plunger. thanks.


Subject: KOHLER

We have two toilets in our home and one just refuses to flush solids requiring using a plunger on every use, the toilet has been removed and there is no obstructions in the drain and Kholer claims that the fault is with the venting can you recomend a toilet that has a built in flushomatic or a larger opening at
the bottom ?


Subject: Obstruction In Trap?

Are there children in the house? You may want to take the toilet up again and turn it upside down, paying attention when doing so and listen to hear if anything is rolling around in the trap of the toilet. My son was having that problem with one of his toilets and I told him the same thing. We removed the toilet and took it outside, rolled it over and heard the sound of something rattling around. Long story short, it was a plastic toy submarine. It was just long enough so it wouldn't make the final bend in the trap. We had to break it to remove it. Reinstalled the toilet and all was good. Good luck.

Gtd enterprises

Subject: What size is your drain pipe

What size is your drain pipe and closet flange? I've seen people use a 3" waste line with a 3" closet flange and install the flange INSIDE the 3" pipe making the drain 2-1/2" to 2-3/4" wide. My advice is to use 4" PVC and a 4" flange that goes OVER the pipe thus giving u a full 4" drain.

Vera Fenley

Subject: Toilet needs plunger to flush waste!! NoNo

If you keep a bottle of dish washing soap next to the toilet,after you take your daily or whenever bowel movement do not flush...Pour a little dish liquid over the waste and close the lid...walk out of the room come back after about 15 minutes and flush leave the lid down,it will all go down easily and no more plunger, seems the soap disolves the waste making it easier to flow and be on it's way..the detergent will disolve it enough to make it disappear plus the soap makes it safer and keeps air borne particals from flying around the room..been doing this for years and works every time...


Subject: Toilets

Hey,just be thankful,we have toilets,and don't have to go outside to use an outhouse,or a bucket,I am surely thankful!!!


Subject: Toilet

I live on four acres at the edge of town. I have found that the older i get the more inclined i get to just whiz on a plant that needs watering rather than running to and fro wasting both time and water. This is definitely a more "natural" method. What about theneighbors? They can whiz on their own tree. (I haven't started fertilizing the bushes yet...)


Subject: outhouses

No, actually the first indoor toilets were called water closets.

Ray Miller

Subject: toilets

Think about it! We take potable water, mix it with a contaminant, send it through miles of expensive underground pipes, to a plant whose job it is to clean the water so it can be put back into the environment. Somehow, this makes little sense to me.

Septic systems aren't much better. They contaminate the surrounding ground and can easily enter into the ground water system, and contaminate it, as well.

With the advent of compost toilets, we are able to take responsibility for our self-generated contaminates, by converting them into a product that actually improves the environment.

Water is only used as a transporting device to carry our contaminates from us to a distant facility that attempts to separate (with difficulty and expense) the transportation device from what has been transported. The problem exists because the transportation device prevents air and bacteria from naturally treating what is being transported. We need to save the water and let air and natural bacteria get right to the job for which they exist . . . decomposing fecal matter.

We can then take the worlds toilets and send them all to some tropical deforested area with high rainfall. After they catch all the rain fall, they can be flushed in unison to create hydro-electricity, and re-grow the forests.


Subject: WTF

Ray you take insanity to a new level.

Human waste cannot become compost since we eat meat and the bacteria produced is toxic to us when it breaks down. That's why we use cow and horse waste since they are herbivores.

Second that water serves an important purpose it takes our waste a source of disease and the spread of disease away from us so it can be safely processed and disposed of increasing our lifespans immensely. Before the Romans invented plumbing and public sanitation bacterial disease spread like wild fire killing hundreds of thousands in urban areas.

Third, if you are concerned about human waste contaminating ground water why would you support using it as a fertilizer which will increase its ability to contaminate ground water and surface water?

N D Fay

Subject: Septic systems

You are absolutely wrong about septic systems. I am a retired engineer and in my experience the disposal of sewage by a septic system is the best for the environment and the least expensive for the house owner.

Municipal sewage works break down, get flooded, suffer power outages and operator error. Unless you have seen what goes on in a sewage works you shouldn't comment. Most often sewage plants are installed as way for municipalities to raise tax revenue, and spread largesse by granting contracts and hiring people. However, for many years after the bronze nameplate bearing the name of the official who opened the plant has tarnished, the taxpayer will still be paying for it,

Over ninety percent of human waste is water and a properly designed, installed and maintained septic system will quietly return pure potable water back into the environment. Depending upon the number of people in the house the solids should be pumped out every 3 - 6 years. The main enemy of septic systems is the housewife. Sanitary napkins, diapers and Tampax type products should NEVER be flushed. The other major enemy is is grease. People should get into the habit of wiping greasy pans and plates etc with a paper towel and discarding it in the trash before washing them.

Rick Landers

Subject: Unplug a toilet

It works! Pour two large bowls of hot water into the bowl, then add about a cup full of dish soap, then add one more large bowl of hot water - Voila! The toilet should be flushable....add more water, if it doesn't flush!


Subject: slow sink drain

A squirt of dish soap down the sink drain and hot water solves the slow drain problem.



Millions of toilets are flushed hourly and daily. Never-the-less, no scientific study points to flushing with toilet lids open as the original source of the bacteria causing any illness. Furthermore, no toilets in doctor's offices, hospitals or other facilities carry signage urging closure of the lid prior to flushing ot avoid spreading deceases. In fact, many toilets don't even have lids. In my view, closing lids is a solution looking for a problem.


Subject: Lid Open or Closed

I agree with you Daniel regarding Hospitals & Doctors offices. Of the two Hospitals I've been in for surgery, the toilets DON'T have lids. Nor does my Doctors office. In the hospital you surrounded by diseases & germs !

Naoma Foreman

Subject: toilet Kohler's numi

Years ago I was in Japan and they had a toilet that sounded like that in a business where I attended a meeting. It was pink and had all sorts of special devices. Warm air to dry you after the "bidet" type attachment gave you a wash. It also played music and had all kinds of other features. I have seen one or two in the USA since then, but they are rare. I thought it was quite inventive and a great invention.


Subject: Warm toilet

Back when I was in college I had some friends who had a "heated toilet" in the house they were renting. Apparently, some plumber at some time had hooked up the toilet to the hot water pipe instead of the cold water pipe. It was a nice cozy seat in the winter! ;-}


Subject: toilets

That specific toilets which warm your rear while seating on it played music , wash and dried you had also aroma and light therapy with a modest price tag starting at $15000 for the base model " gee did the US economy went down the drain" ,
I seriously doubt you will see it on your local hardware shelf anytime soon , At the same show they had a gold toilet seat , but it is a ring .....


Subject: Toilets

That most likely would nave been either a Toto Washlet or Toto Neorest. The Neorest is the complete toilet that was the predecessor to the Kohler Numi. The Washelt is a fully-automated, heated bidet seat that can be used on any existing toilet...

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.