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There are still a lot of these recalled toilet tanks out there.

If you flush the toilet and it sounds like there is some sort of jet engine in the tank, it may be a compressed air, assisted flush, type tank. These flushing mechanisms work REALLY well but some of them, like the Sloan Flushmate III/503, are problematic and a fairly serious safety issue.

recalled toiletThere have been numerous instances of where the tanks have exploded and caused personal injury to exposed naked body parts (pretty common to have naked parts on toilets if you know what I mean).

While the tanks have been recalled, there are still a lot of them out there and I typically find several each year. If you have a building with one, you may have several.

There have been two separate recalls of the Series 503, Flushmate III toilets. The first recall in 2012 involved 2,330,660 units manufactured between October 1997 and February 2008.

The second recall in 2014 involved 351,000 units manufactured between March 2008 and June 2009---essentially adding a year and 3 months to the original recall.

Repairs according to the CPSC:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate III system, turn off the water supply to the unit, flush the toilet to release the internal pressure and contact the firm to request a free repair kit.

You want to look at the number circled in the picture below---it is the date code of manufacture.

recalled toilet

The last two digits being the year. As you can see the year is within the recall period discussed above and repairs are necessary.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 37 commentsCharles Buell • October 17 2015 07:57AM

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Charles

something I did not know.

Posted by Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man (HomeSmart) almost 4 years ago

Charles Buell Now - I'm trying to keep a straight face - but have to ask - is it possible that these potentially malfunctioning could cause an eruption like "Old Faithful"? 

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 4 years ago

Yeeef!  Damage to naked parts?!

I would hope, that by the time you press the flush handle, most of the naked parts have been ... uh ... covered-up.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 4 years ago

Charles, I remember the first time I flushed one of those toilets. The sound actually startled me. It did sound like a jet engine. This post is perfect for my Crap-tacular group … I’m sorry to see it is not posted in the group.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 4 years ago

Good reminder.  We think of recalled cars but I never heard of  recalled toilet!

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) almost 4 years ago

Charles, I've never come across one of these and don't think I want to. But that's what I love about Active Rain.... I can learn something new and interesting every day!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 4 years ago

I have never heard of this toilet or have seen it sold in Oklahoma City. I will ask a couple of my builders about it just in case and thanks for the update.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 4 years ago

Never heard of these much less seen one in action. The potential is high for some collateral damage if a courtesy flush happens at the wrong time!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Never seen one.  Must be a West coast thing.  And given the number in the recall you have a lot of them out there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Naked body parts near the toilet tank?  Why I am soo shocked!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Charles, I have always wanted one of these jet commodes but maybe not anymore.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 4 years ago

Hi Charles - Good heads up - that could be pretty serious. I remember the first time I used one of those - it was startling.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for the bottoms up! 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 4 years ago

YIKES! I have never heard of this type of toilet but have bookmarked the post in case I ever come across one. Thanks for the warning.

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 4 years ago

Wow!  That's crazy.  Who would have thought that something like this could even happen.  

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

You made me go look in my Toto toilet, and that flush mechanism is very different and smaller than the one pictured, so I think my butt is safe.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 4 years ago

I have never seen one or even heard of them.  Must not have been popular around these parts.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 4 years ago

Charles I have never heard of this toilet situation - yikes.  That would be a bummer to have it explode. I'll have to ask our inspector about it. Very good to get the word out there - thanks!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 4 years ago

What great information this is! I have never looked in the toilet tank while showing homes, but this is still great information.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Seen the inside of a lot of toilets. Have never seen one of these. Something new in my future I guess. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 4 years ago

I've not seen or heard one of these in private residences. They appear to be more common in commercial buildings. I know that my local YMCA uses them. I hope that they are not these explosive ones ;-).

Posted by Gerhard Ade, What sets me apart, will set you apart. (RSVP Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Oh my word, I don't want my NAKED parts being exploded upon.  Wow, scary!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 4 years ago

I never heard of this type of toilet and they must not be popular in the parts of the country where I have lived/visited - thankfully!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 4 years ago

Our H2O district has a rebate program using less H2O for WC.

It now gives rebates to 1.3 gallons or less. The trouble is stores raised the price accordingly.  It does not work well sometime needing to do it twice.....

Sam 

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 4 years ago

With the CA drought, I found 3 frogs hiding inside an out door toilet.  There are two slots which allow them to go in and out. They are survivors just like me.....I hope this winter the pond will allow them to return....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 4 years ago

With the CA drought, I found 3 frogs hiding inside an out door toilet.  There are two slots which allow them to go in and out. They are survivors just like me.....I hope this winter the pond will allow them to return....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 4 years ago

Charles Buell fortunately, I do not need to take any action on this.....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 4 years ago

I suspect that even body parts with clothes on them would also be subject to severe pain.

Posted by Raul Rodriguez, Looking out for the client's interest and not my p (Covenant Partners Realty) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for the information, Charles Buell . I wasn't aware of this but will look for it now. It certainly affects a lot of units!
Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 4 years ago

Toilets have to perform or else...what is the world coming to?

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 4 years ago

Wow! Exploding toilet tanks are not something I would want to be worrying about when nature calls! 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) almost 4 years ago

Hi Charles, no one would enjoy having their toilet explode!  Never heard of these recalls so thank you for mentioning them.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 4 years ago

     The first time I saw one of these was in a cheap motel.  It sounded so bizarre when the toilet was flushed, that I took the top off the tank to see what it was!

Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Oh my -- that is really scary.  I hadn't heard about this situation

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 4 years ago

I thought this was what only the MythBusters did - blow up toilets lol. I swear my neighbor had one of these as it was very noisy.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 4 years ago

You find several a year! I almost never see a power flush toilet. Must be a left coast thing :)

 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Never seen one never heard one and don't want to!  YIKES!!!!

Posted by Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI, #11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country) almost 4 years ago

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