Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing happened? Glance into the tank, and you could see no water inside. Before you worry, relax knowing that repairing this problem is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t do it yourself, you can always set up toilet repair with a knowledgeable plumber. Follow these tips to diagnose and repair the problem of no water in the toilet tank.
Check the Water Supply
The first move is to make sure 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 forget to turn it back on? To see, rotate the water shut-off valve on the wall behind the toilet. If the valve was closed, water ought to now start refilling the tank. If this fails to work, test the water at your sink or a different plumbing fixture. If nothing comes out from the tap, you might have a more substantial water supply issue. Call your water company to get more details.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet models use a float ball to measure the water level as it goes up in the tank. When the ball reaches a specific height, the float arm it’s connected to stops the water flow. However, insufficient water could enter the tank if the ball is positioned wrong 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 does not fix the problem, you may need to replace the entire float mechanism. You should be able to perform this yourself by following the detailed steps that come with the replacement parts, or you can work with a plumber for help. Just realize that float balls are old toilet systems. You may enjoy improved dependability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet entirely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
More recent toilets use a float cup in place of a float ball, coupled with a fill valve and water level rod. There may very well be no water in the toilet tank because the valve has slipped out of place or become blocked. Here are some recommendations to consider:
- Modify the fill valve: Have a 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, change the water level. Newer toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn manually, while older designs may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and make it possible for the tank refill to check the water level. Adjust 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 might be covering the valve and keeping your toilet from filling. Shut down the water behind the toilet and take away the fill cap. Then, steadily turn the water back on, cupping your hand over the valve to block water from spraying all over the place. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, scrub the fill cap to dislodge any hard water buildup. If the cap is damaged, buy a new one.
- Clean the valve tube: The tube below the fill valve might also be clogged. Shut off the water and take away the valve hardware. Then, insert a slim bottle brush or wire down the tube. Turn the water back on just a little to flush away the debris. Replace the valve hardware and flush the toilet to check your efforts.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve tried 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 damaged or positioned inadequately, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank bone dry. Remove the toilet tank lid and check the trip assembly connected to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is bent, worn or broken, change it out. Whether you perform the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this simple repair should get your toilet tank filled with water again.
Schedule Toilet Repair Today
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