toilet stopped flushing
- the macerator/pump would work, water would collect in the bowl but would not go down. I called Jabsco
, the first thing they asked me was if my holding tank
was mounted higher than the toilet's outlet or if there were any turns in the hose leading from the toilet to the tank. Yes...and yes...
They said I have calcium deposits in the hose, which we confirmed once it was removed.
Repositioning the holding tank
is out of the question, so I am resigned to the fact that once a year we have to change the hose. Last time we had to do it was yesterday. There are exactly eight feet between the toilet outlet and the tank inlet on our boat. 8x$4.19=33.52 plus tax at West Marine
. That's about $2.80 a month.
It is easy enough to replace the hose. First, pump out!. Flush toilet generously.Then, have two plugs handy to stick into each end of the hose as you remove it. The plugs stop any "stuff" from the hose from leaking into the boat. You will need a heat gun to both remove the old and install the new hose. Careful not to burn the new hose.
Tighten clamps, do a trial flush to check for leaks
. The job was done in 15 minutes, at a minimal cost and there is no need for ongoing toilet TLC. We're now good to "go" for another year.
Come on, it's not that bad. You'll be amazed how long you can actually hold your breath. Or, you can use a lot of air freshener while you work on it.