Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing changed? Look into the tank, and you could see no water inside. Before you worry, rest assured that repairing this issue is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t do it yourself, you can always arrange 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 ensure that the water is turned on. If you or someone in your household recently did a toilet repair, you probably turned off the water first. Did you forget to turn it back on? To find out, rotate the water shut-off valve on the wall behind the toilet. If the valve was turned off, water should now start refilling the tank. If this doesn’t work, check the water at your sink or a different plumbing fixture. If nothing comes out from the tap, you could have a more substantial water supply issue. Call your water company to find out more.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet models use a float ball to determine the water level as it rises in the tank. When the ball passes 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 wrong or the arm is faulty. To correct the float ball, start by removing the toilet tank cover. Bend the float arm up a little to alter where it sits in the tank. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you may need to replace the entire float mechanism. You should be able to complete this yourself by following the instructions that come with the replacement parts, or you can work with a plumber for help. Just note that float balls are old toilet design. You may appreciate improved reliability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet entirely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
Modern toilets operate with 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 clogged. Here are a few techniques to try:
- Test the fill valve: Glance inside the toilet and locate 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, adjust 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. 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 could be clogging the valve and preventing your toilet from filling. Shut down 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 everywhere. 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 may also be blocked. Shut off the water and take off the valve hardware. Then, place 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 test your work.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve tried the steps above without positive results, the one remaining possibility is a broken trip assembly. This element attaches the flush handle to the tank. If it’s damaged or positioned inadequately, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank void. Take off the toilet tank lid and check the trip assembly attached to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is bent, worn or broken, swap it with a new one. Whether you complete the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this uncomplicated repair should get your toilet tank filled with water once again.
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