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    Crappy Toilets

    I've got two toilets in the house that I rent. Both are prone to clogging/backing up. At first I chalked it up to using too much toilet paper at once, but now that we've known it's an issue we have tried being more careful and it's happening more frequently now. I can call the landlord and they will send the maintenance man with a snake to clear it up. I have a plunger but I'm out of town a lot and only have limited success using it when I'm around.

    Should I just put keep putting up with it and calling the landlord to send someone when it clogs up? Or is there a better way to clear this up besides running new larger plumbing lines?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Are there tress in your yard? If there is, they might be clogging up the sewer line. We had this problem back home a couple years ago, and we had to replace everything.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Gross.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    Are there tress in your yard? If there is, they might be clogging up the sewer line. We had this problem back home a couple years ago, and we had to replace everything.
    Yes there are. Interesting. I hope that's not the case because then I'll have to convince the landlord. Or I guess just keep calling them until they get the picture.



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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Maybe it was something you ate?


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Also, the lot the house sits on slopes downhill to a small creek in the backyard. The backyard stays wet most of the time even when it hasn't rained in a while. I guess I should let them know about that too since it could be related.



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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    write a letter to your landlord explaining (POLITELY) what is happening and how you are being careful, yet this problem continues. Then ask him to fix it so normal use isn't an issue.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Ask the landlord if he would be willing to call a plumber with a boroscope to check the sewer lines for tree incursion, breaks, etc. If the problem is nagging enough, you might even consider paying for this on your own.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Ask the landlord if he would be willing to call a plumber with a boroscope to check the sewer lines for tree incursion, breaks, etc. If the problem is nagging enough, you might even consider paying for this on your own.
    IMO, never. zero return for the renter. If he follows a few steps and believes this is a problem for living there, it allows him to break the lease (after following certain steps) or be reimbursed for the cost of repair.

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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    our house was built in the 1970s and two of the toilets would clog with even the slightest amount of TP. we bought new toilets and the problem was solved.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    I live in Texas. Is writing a letter better than calling as far as putting a record together for evidence I may need in the future?



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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    I also have a crappy toilet.


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    I live in Texas. Is writing a letter better than calling as far as putting a record together for evidence I may need in the future?
    ABSOLUTELY. Send it certified. And call within a week of sending it to follow up. It isn't rude, it shows you are serious. Leave emotion out of if... the fewer the words used the better. Just the facts ma'am.

    In iowa there is Iowa Legal Aid. I'm sure there is something similar to that in TX. Find some FAQs / Tips on filling a complaint/asking for repairs then send the letter.


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    Sorry for the seriousness of this situation butt,

    really doesn't anyone else see the irony in the title?


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    Re: Crappy Toilets

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Ask the landlord if he would be willing to call a plumber with a boroscope to check the sewer lines for tree incursion, breaks, etc. If the problem is nagging enough, you might even consider paying for this on your own.
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