Why Is There No Water in My Toilet Tank?
Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing occurred? Glance inside the tank, and you may see no water inside. Before you panic, relax knowing that fixing this problem is usually straightforward. If you can’t figure it out yourself, you can always set up 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 action is to verify that the water is running. If you or someone in your household recently did a toilet repair, you probably turned off the water first. Did you neglect to turn it back on? To see, turn the water shut-off valve on the wall behind the toilet. If the valve was turned off, water ought to now start refilling the tank. If this does not work, test the water at your sink or another plumbing fixture. If nothing flows from the tap, you could possibly have a bigger water supply issue. Phone your water company to learn more.
Reposition or Replace the Float Mechanism
Older toilet models use a float ball to measure the water level as it rises in the tank. When the ball hits 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 improperly or the arm is faulty. To adjust the float ball, start by removing the toilet tank cover. Bend the float arm up just a little bit to adjust where it sits in the tank. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you might 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 hire a plumber for help. Just note that float balls are old toilet technology. You may prefer improved durability and efficiency if you upgrade the existing tank components or replace the toilet completely.
Adjust the Fill Valve
Newer toilets use a float cup in place 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 clogged. Here are a couple recommendations to consider:
- Adjust the fill valve: Look inside the toilet and locate the fill valve on top of a vertical tube device on the left side of the tank. Verify that it’s secure and evenly connected to the tube. Then, adjust the water level. More modern 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 verify the water level. Adjust it until the water comes to approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other debris could be blocking the valve and stopping your toilet from filling. Shut off the water behind the toilet and take off the fill cap. Then, slowly turn the water back on, cupping your hand over the valve to block water from spraying everywhere. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, clean off the fill cap to dislodge any 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 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 junk. Replace the valve hardware and flush the toilet to test your efforts.
Repair or Replace the Trip Assembly
If you’ve followed the steps above without any luck, the final possibility is a broken trip assembly. This part links the flush handle to the tank. If it’s not working or positioned improperly, the flush cycle may not complete, leaving the tank empty. Take off 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 twisted, worn or broken, change it out. Whether you perform the job yourself or leave it to a plumber, this easy repair should get your toilet tank filled with water once more.
Schedule Toilet Repair Today
You can’t go long without a working toilet, so phone [Company name] to schedule a toilet repair. We can figure out why your toilet isn’t filling and recommend the right fix. If your plumbing fixture is older and worn out, our team can install a high-efficiency toilet in your bathroom. Rest easy that every plumbing repair and replacement we perform is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule an appointment from one of our licensed crews, please call your community Fras-Air/General Service Experts office today.