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 assured that fixing this issue is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t complete this yourself, you can always set up toilet repair with an experienced plumber. Follow these guidelines to diagnose and repair the problem of no water in the toilet tank.
Check the Water Supply
The first step is to ensure 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 forget to turn it back on? To see, turn the water shut-off valve on the wall behind the toilet. If the valve was shut, water should now start refilling the tank. If this doesn’t work, turn on the water at your sink or a different plumbing fixture. If nothing comes out from the tap, you could have a larger 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 reaches a specific height, the float arm it’s connected to stops the water flow. However, insufficient water might 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 top. Bend the float arm up slightly to adjust where it sits in the tank. If this does not fix the problem, you might need to replace the full 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 realize that float balls are old toilet technology. You may appreciate improved dependability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet altogether.
Adjust the Fill Valve
More recent toilets use a float cup instead of a float ball, coupled with a fill valve and water level rod. There may be no water in the toilet tank because the valve has slipped out of place or become blocked. Here are some tips to attempt:
- Adjust 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 ahered to the tube. Then, change the water level. Current models of toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn manually, while older models may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and allow the tank refill to test the water level. Change it until the water comes to about one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other gunk may be blocking 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 stop water from spraying everywhere. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, clean off the fill cap to remove hard water buildup. If the cap is broken, replace it.
- Clean the valve tube: The tube below the fill valve might also be blocked. 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 a little to flush away the debris. 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 any luck, the one remaining possibility is a broken trip assembly. This part attaches the flush handle to the tank. If it’s not working or positioned improperly, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank bone dry. Remove the toilet tank lid and look at the trip assembly attached to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is crooked, worn or broken, change it out. Whether you finish 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
You can’t go long without a functional toilet, so call [Company name] to request a toilet repair. We can figure out why your toilet isn’t filling and propose the appropriate fix. If your plumbing fixture is outdated and worn out, our team will install a high-efficiency toilet in its place. Rest assured that every plumbing repair and replacement we perform is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule a visit from one of our licensed professionals, please contact your community A-PLUS Service Experts office today.