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Question Trying to solve a mystery of messy toilet.

I have a large single story home with 4 bathrooms and we only use 2 of them, but I do go around at least once a month flushing and filling the drain traps. There is something happening to one of the toilets that we don’t use. Whenever I go in there the toilet has some sort of crap in it and I can’t figure out what it is or where it came from. There is nobody else here to use the thing and even if there was, everybody we know flushes.

All the toilets are at the same level so it couldn’t be backwash. We keep the cat litter box in that bath and thought maybe one of the cats were taking a dump in it, but my wife has been keeping the lid shut.

Anyone care to guess what it might be?

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It's time for .......

You need some video surveillance.
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The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I think i'll go up on the roof tomorrow to see if the vent pipe for this bath might be clogged up with a birds nest. If the vent was clogged and the septic burped, it just might end up in the toilet. Either that or we got a ghost.

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The vent being plugged wouldn't have anything to do with a toilet not being used. My guess is if it sits for a long period of time not being used the chlorine in the water dissipates and algae is growing in the water.
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The vent being plugged wouldn't have anything to do with a toilet not being used. My guess is if it sits for a long period of time not being used the chlorine in the water dissipates and algae is growing in the water.
The only thing is that there is another unused bath on the other side of the wall without this problem. But you maybe right about the vent now that I think of it because I'm sure both toilets share the same vent.

The bedrooms were the baths are located both have their own outside doors and I even changed the looks thinking someone might have a key. Even that idea doesn't make sense because the nearest house to us is 300 ft away and nobody can come up to the house without being seen.

There isn't anything in the tank that can cause it so I just don't know.

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I love a good mystery...
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The only thing is that there is another unused bath on the other side of the wall without this problem. But you maybe right about the vent now that I think of it because I'm sure both toilets share the same vent.

The bedrooms were the baths are located both have their own outside doors and I even changed the looks thinking someone might have a key. Even that idea doesn't make sense because the nearest house to us is 300 ft away and nobody can come up to the house without being seen.

There isn't anything in the tank that can cause it so I just don't know.
The vent is like the vent on a gas can. It's just eliminates the gluck gluck when emptied. On an unused toiled the bowl and the tank are like sitting a bucket of water in the room. Nothing pertaining to the plumbing has any affect on it. The reason I think it's algae is one time I had one of these water coolers with a clear plastic jug on it and I ran out of water. I just re-filled the jug with tap water and within a couple of weeks it started growing green stuff all over the inside of the jug.
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I was thinking that if the vent was blocked and then the built up gasses in the septic tank might come up through the toilet trap bringing up what was ever still in the drain pipe.

They other thing I thought of was possibly a critter like a snake or rat. I've seen way too many of those photos and videos and I do have a large gopher snake that hangs out next to my septic tank.
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I was thinking that if the vent was blocked and then the built up gasses in the septic tank might come up through the toilet trap bringing up what was ever still in the drain pipe.

They other thing I thought of was possibly a critter like a snake or rat. I've seen way too many of those photos and videos and I do have a large gopher snake that hangs out next to my septic tank.
You may have two traps preventing gasses coming from the septic tank. The toilet itself is a trap and often the sewer line has a trap downstream from the toilet. All it would take is one trap to stop sewer gasses.

If you had stuff coming into that toilet from elsewhere it would be from an obstruction in the sewer line and most likely the toilet would overflow onto the floor.
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Pay the $50, and have a Ďrealí plumber take a look...Should take him about ten minutes.



A friend owned a big printing company, he has a wonderful Heidelberg printer.... from Germany,,,,,One day it stopped working,,, he called the factory,,,$10,000 for a factory tech to fly over the next day,,,,the tech looked at it for a few minutes, took out his screwdriver,, turned one screw. Printer back in business. My friend goes ďWhat ,,?? I paid ten grand just to have you turn a screw?ííííí Tech answered,,,,No sir,, you paid ten grand to someone who knew WHICH way to turn the screw ď

Point is,, donít lose sleep over it,,, time to call in the pro.
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Pay the $50, and have a Ďrealí plumber take a look...Should take him about ten minutes..
$50 WOW, where do you live? The last time I called a plumber they wanted $2000 and didn't do anything except give me an estimate for $14000. Plumbers are allowed on my property,

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Why not flush the toilet weekly for a while and see if the problem goes away.
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