Why Is There No Water in My Toilet Tank?
Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing occurred? Peek into the tank, and you could see no water inside. Before you panic, rest assured that repairing this problem is usually simple. If you can’t do it yourself, you can always schedule 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 turned on. If you or someone in your household recently did a toilet repair, you may have turned off the water first. Did you neglect to turn it back on? To check, rotate the water shut-off valve on the wall to the rear of the toilet. If the valve was shut, water will 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 might have a larger water supply issue. Phone your water company to get more details.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet brands use a float ball to determine the water level as it increases in the tank. When the ball hits a specific height, the float arm it’s joined to stops the water flow. However, insufficient water could enter the tank if the ball is positioned improperly or the arm is faulty. To move the float ball, start by removing the toilet tank lid. Bend the float arm up just a little bit to adjust where it sits in the tank. If this does not fix the problem, you could need to replace the whole float mechanism. You should be able to complete this yourself by following the detailed steps that come with the replacement parts, or you can hire a plumber for help. Just note 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 completely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
Modern toilets utilize a float cup in place 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 plugged. Here are a couple techniques to try:
- Test 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 connected to the tube. Then, change the water level. More modern 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 allow the tank refill to verify the water level. Modify it until the water comes to approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other crud may be clogging the valve and keeping your toilet from filling. Turn off the water behind the toilet and remove the fill cap. Then, steadily turn the water back on, cupping your hand over the valve to stop water from spraying all over. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, scrub the fill cap to dislodge any hard water buildup. If the cap is cracked, replace it.
- Clean the valve tube: The tube below the fill valve might also be plugged. 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 a little to flush away the debris. Replace the valve hardware and flush the toilet to check your work.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve followed the steps above without any luck, the final possibility is a damaged trip assembly. This component connects the flush handle to the tank. If it’s broken or positioned inadequately, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank bone dry. Detach the toilet tank lid and check the trip assembly fastened to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is crooked, worn or broken, replace it. Whether you complete 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 determine why your toilet isn’t filling and suggest the correct fix. If your plumbing fixture is old and worn out, our team can install a high-efficiency toilet in your bathroom. Be assured that every plumbing repair and replacement we conduct is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule a visit from one of our licensed professionals, please reach out to your neighborhood Midway Services office today.