It sounds like you've got something hung up down there that isn't quite blocking the outlet.
The other guy's statement about pouring some CLR or similar down the tank's overflow tube is a good one. Also consider getting some pipe cleaners and going after the holes with those - run your hand around...
Best answer: It sounds like you've got something hung up down there that isn't quite blocking the outlet.
The other guy's statement about pouring some CLR or similar down the tank's overflow tube is a good one. Also consider getting some pipe cleaners and going after the holes with those - run your hand around the inside of the rim of the toilet bowl and you will feel them. The mineral accretions in those holes will definitely slow things down and make the toilet work not as well as it should, but the accretions aren't very tough either and you can work them out with pipe cleaners, bamboo kitchen skewers, etc. If you insist on using metal tools, don't use big, sturdy ones - the porcelain is strong, but brittle. Pipe cleaners bend easily and won't damage the toilet.
DO NOT pour chemicals directly into the bowl. That's a waste of time and money.
Try the plunger. If you don't have one, get one. If you spend $10 on a plunger, you got robbed. They're cheap and work for years and years.
If the plunger doesn't get it, get a toilet auger. Yes, I'm telling you to spend more money, but stay with me. It'll make sense in the end.
A toilet auger is about $25. If there's anything stuck in the trap, the toilet auger should get it out. It'll snag anything: tampon applicators, sanitary pads, poo - you name it.
If it's poo that comes out, 1) you need more fiber in your diet and 2) just swish the tip of the auger back and forth in the water. It'll work loose eventually.
The auger WORKS. I'm a handyman in a large homeless shelter and aside from the poos of BIBLICAL proportions we sometimes get here, we also get all manner of foreign object clogs, many of them deliberate. I haven't had to take a toilet off the floor for a clog in over 15 years because the toilet auger gets them all. ALL. I pulled a tampon applicator from the far side of the bend - and causing a similar flush like you describe - with about 15 seconds worth of effort just last Friday. 15 SECONDS. It isn't hard to do: business end into the toilet, turn and push. Keep turning and pushing until the water goes down or you get lots of resistance. Then pull back. Maybe you snagged the clog.
$25 buys you all the toilet unclogging you will ever need, forever. A toilet auger is a tool that you keep for years, decades. Even in the homeless shelter my oldest auger (I have one in each janitor's closet) is over 10 years old and man, these things get a workout. You spend $25 today but you don't spend any money on unclogging a toilet again, ever. Amortized over all those uses, the toilet auger costs just a few cents per toilet clog.
Good luck with it.
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