Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing happened? Peek within the tank, and you might see no water inside. Before you stress, rest easy that correcting this problem is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t do it yourself, you can always schedule toilet repair with a knowledgeable plumber. Follow these recommendations to diagnose and repair the problem of no water in the toilet tank.
Check the Water Supply
The first step is to make sure the water is running. If you or someone in your household recently performed a toilet repair, you probably turned off the water first. Did you not realize you had to turn it back on? To see, spin the water shut-off valve on the wall in back of the toilet. If the valve was shut, water should now start refilling the tank. If this fails to work, check the water at your sink or another plumbing fixture. If nothing flows from the tap, you could have a more substantial water supply issue. Phone your water company to get more details.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet designs use a float ball to determine the water level as it goes up in the tank. When the ball hits a specific height, the float arm it’s attached to stops the water flow. However, insufficient water might enter the tank if the ball is positioned incorrectly or the arm is faulty. To move the float ball, start by removing the toilet tank top. Bend the float arm up slightly to adjust where it sits in the tank. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you could need to replace the full float mechanism. You should be able to do this yourself by following the detailed steps that come with the replacement parts, or you can hire a plumber for help. Just understand that float balls are old toilet systems. You may prefer improved durability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet entirely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
Modern toilets use a float cup instead of 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 some techniques to attempt:
- Test the fill valve: Look inside the toilet and identify the fill valve on top of a vertical tube device on the left side of the tank. Ensure it’s secure and evenly attached to the tube. Then, adjust the water level. Current models of toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn by hand, while older models may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and allow the tank refill to verify the water level. Modify it until the water comes to about one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other debris may be blocking the valve and keeping your toilet from filling. Turn off the water behind the toilet and take off the fill cap. Then, slowly turn the water back on, cupping your hand over the valve to stop water from spraying everywhere. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, clean off the fill cap to clear away hard water buildup. If the cap is broken, swap it out.
- Clean the valve tube: The tube below the fill valve might also be blocked. Shut off the water and remove the valve hardware. Then, insert a slim bottle brush or wire down the tube. Turn the water back on slightly to flush away the blockage. Replace the valve hardware and flush the toilet to check your efforts.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve followed the steps above without success, the final possibility is a damaged trip assembly. This part links the flush handle to the tank. If it’s damaged or positioned poorly, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank bone dry. Take off the toilet tank lid and examine the trip assembly fastened to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is crooked, worn or busted, replace it. Whether you finish the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this easy repair should get your toilet tank filled with water again.
Schedule Toilet Repair Today
You can’t go long without a working toilet, so phone [Company name] to inquire about a toilet repair. We can diagnose why your toilet isn’t filling and propose the appropriate fix. If your plumbing fixture is old and worn out, our team can install a high-efficiency toilet in your bathroom. Rest easy that every plumbing repair and replacement we conduct is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule an appointment from one of our licensed professionals, please reach out to your community Gordon's Service Experts office today.