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Question DetailsAsked on 2/23/2015

My downstairs toilet has nearly no water in the bowl and the tank is only about quarter the way full. Wont flush.

With hardly any water in the toilet bowl and tank as well the toilet will not flush at all. Can anyone help me??

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You did not say anything about it running continuously (which would likely be a flapper valve stuck open in the bottom of the tank), so most likely your fill valve is not working or the toilet is not getting water -

1) blocked pipe or shutoff valve at the wall has been shut off. If the toilet has been working up to now and no one has been working on the toilet so might have turned off shutoff valve, this should not be your problem assuming your wholehouse is not out of water

2) The fill valve has failed or is jammed. Your toilet either has a ball or float about the size of a softball or a bit larger in it, or a cylindrical plastic float that slides up and down a column at the left side of the tank. The ball type like this or may be a boat-like plastic float, but hinged or on an arm off the fill valve that sticks through the bottom of the tank and the incoming water tube connects to-

turns water on when it drops, shuts it off when it floats up as the wter fills to the fill line on the back of the tank. Try gently lifting the ball up and down - if it moves (not hung up) but the water does not come into the tank, the fill valve (where the arm on the ball hinges) is not working. If the newer float cell or cup type like this -

then try seeing if it is hung up on the shaft - when it drops the water should come in.

Of course, you might free it up not but it might hang up again. Unless the shaft is gummed up and can be wiped clean so the toilet operates correctly, you might need to have the fill valve assembly replaced.

Either type - most all in-tank repairs like these will run you about $100-175 in most areas, except more in a few very high-priced large urban areas. Search the List category Plumber.

Till fixed you can flush by using a 2-1/2 to 5 gallon household bucket of water from the tub and pour it in, being careful to keep the water level fairly high in the bowl while flushing but not quite up to the bottom of the rim to be on the safe side.

Even if not using, at this time pour a quart or two of water into the bowl to fill the bottom to normal level, so sewer gases can't come in through the opening in the bottom of the bowl.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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