Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing changed? Look inside the tank, and you may see no water inside. Before you panic, relax knowing that correcting this issue is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t complete this yourself, you can always arrange toilet repair with a knowledgeable plumber. Follow these guidelines to diagnose and repair the problem of no water in the toilet tank.
Check the Water Supply
The first move is to verify that the water is running. If you or someone in your household recently completed a toilet repair, you probably turned off the water first. Did you neglect to turn it back on? To check, rotate the water shut-off valve on the wall in back of the toilet. If the valve was turned off, water should now start refilling the tank. If this fails to work, turn on the water at your sink or another plumbing fixture. If nothing flows from the tap, you could have a bigger water supply issue. Contact your water company to get more details.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet designs use a float ball to measure the water level as it increases in the tank. When the ball hits a specified height, the float arm it’s connected to stops the water flow. However, insufficient water might enter the tank if the ball is positioned incorrectly or the arm is damaged. To move the float ball, start by removing the toilet tank cover. Bend the float arm up slightly to change where it sits in the tank. If this fails to fix the problem, you could need to replace the full float mechanism. You should be able to perform this yourself by following the directions that come with the replacement parts, or you can work with a plumber for help. Just understand that float balls are old toilet technology. You may enjoy improved durability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet completely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
More recent toilets use a float cup rather than a float ball, coupled with a fill valve and water level rod. There could quite possibly be no water in the toilet tank because the valve has slipped out of place or become blocked. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Test the fill valve: Have a look inside the toilet and find the fill valve on top of a vertical tube device on the left side of the tank. Make sure it’s secure and evenly ahered to the tube. Then, change the water level. Newer toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn with your hand, while older versions may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and allow the tank refill to check the water level. Modify it until the water comes to roughly one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other gunk may be clogging the valve and stopping your toilet from filling. Shut off the water behind the toilet and take away the fill cap. Then, gradually turn the water back on, cupping your hand over the valve to stop water from spraying all over the place. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, scrub the fill cap to clear away hard water buildup. If the cap is cracked, replace it.
- Clean the valve tube: The tube below the fill valve could also be blocked. Shut off the water and take away the valve hardware. Then, stick a slim bottle brush or wire down the tube. Turn the water back on just a little to flush away the junk. Replace the valve hardware and flush the toilet to check your adjustments.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve attempted the steps above without any luck, the one remaining possibility is a faulty trip assembly. This component links the flush handle to the tank. If it’s not working or positioned improperly, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank void. Remove the toilet tank lid and look at the trip assembly fastened to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is twisted, worn or busted, change it out. Whether you complete the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this uncomplicated repair should get your toilet tank filled with water once more.
Schedule Toilet Repair Today
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