Why Is There No Water in My Toilet Tank? 

Did you just try to flush your toilet, and nothing changed? Look within the tank, and you could see no water inside. Before you stress, rest easy that fixing this problem is usually straightforward. If you can’t figure it out yourself, you can always arrange toilet repair with an experienced plumber. Follow these tips to diagnose and repair the problem of no water in the toilet tank. 

Check the Water Supply 

The first action is to make sure the water is turned on. If you or someone in your household recently completed a toilet repair, you may have turned off the water first. Did you forget to turn it back on? To find out, spin the water shut-off valve on the wall to the rear of the toilet. If the valve was closed, water ought to now start refilling the tank. If this fails to work, turn on the water at your sink or another plumbing fixture. If nothing spills 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 measure the water level as it increases in the tank. When the ball hits a certain 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 top. Bend the float arm up just a little bit to change where it sits in the tank. If this does not fix the problem, you may need to replace the entire float mechanism. You should be able to do this yourself by following the directions 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 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 blocked. Here are techniques to attempt: 

  • 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. Make sure it’s secure and evenly connected to the tube. Then, fine-tune the water level. More modern toilets have an adjustment knob you can turn with your hand, while older versions may require you to loosen an adjustment screw with a flathead screwdriver. Flush the toilet and let the tank refill to verify the water level. Modify it until the water comes to {about|approximately|roughly]] one inch below the top of the overflow tube. 
  • Clean the fill valve: Mineral buildup and other debris may be blocking 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 block water from spraying all over. After several seconds, turn the water back off. Finally, scrub the fill cap to remove hard water buildup. If the cap is damaged, 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, stick a slim bottle brush or wire down the tube. Turn the water back on just a little 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 attempted the steps above without any luck, the final possibility is a damaged 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 bone dry. 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 wrecked, 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 once again. 

Schedule Toilet Repair Today 

You can’t go long without a reliable toilet, so phone [Company name] to inquire about a toilet repair. We can diagnose 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 complete is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To schedule an appointment from one of our licensed crews, please call your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.