Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing occurred? Peek into the tank, and you could see no water inside. Before you worry, rest assured that correcting this issue is usually easy to accomplish. If you can’t do it yourself, you can always arrange toilet repair with an Expert 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 verify that the water is flowing. 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, turn the water shut-off valve on the wall behind the toilet. If the valve was closed, water should now start refilling the tank. If this does not work, turn on 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 models use a float ball to gauge the water level as it increases in the tank. When the ball passes a specified height, the float arm it’s attached 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 lid. Bend the float arm up a little to change where it sits in the tank. If this fails to fix the problem, you may need to replace the entire float mechanism. You should be able to do 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 design. You may prefer 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 clogged. Here are a couple tips to attempt:
- Modify 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. Ensure it’s secure and evenly ahered to the tube. Then, change the water level. More modern toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn with your hand, while older models may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and make it possible for 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 might be clogging the valve and preventing your toilet from filling. Shut down the water behind the toilet and take away the fill cap. Then, gradually 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, wash 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 may also be blocked. Shut off the water and remove the valve hardware. Then, stick 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 assess your work.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve followed the steps above without success, the one remaining possibility is a broken trip assembly. This element connects the flush handle to the tank. If it’s damaged or positioned poorly, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank void. Detach the toilet tank lid and examine the trip assembly connected to the handle. If it’s out of place, reposition it. If the assembly is bent, worn or busted, replace it. Whether you perform the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this easy repair should get your toilet tank filled with water once again.
Schedule Toilet Repair Today
You can’t go long without a working toilet, so reach out to [Company name] to schedule a toilet repair. We can determine why your toilet isn’t filling and propose the right fix. If your plumbing fixture is older and worn out, our team can install a high-efficiency toilet in your bathroom. Rest assured that every plumbing repair and replacement we complete is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule an appointment from one of our licensed crews, please contact your local Sunbeam Service Experts office today.