How to Flush Your Toilet When the Water is Shut Off

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How to Flush the Toilet Without Running Water

It's the middle of the night and you've just realized that your toilet isn't flushing. You panic and try to remember how to flush a toilet without water. Or maybe the water has been turned off for some reason and you don't know what to do. Don't worry - we're here to help!

Keep reading as Nautilus Plumbing walks you through the steps on how to flush your toilet when there is no water. We will also provide tips on what to do if the bowl doesn't fill with water.

Follow these tips for a successful flush.

Use the Last Remaining Flush

If you have a toilet that uses a flapper valve, then you're in luck. This type of valve is designed to hold water in the bowl until it's flushed. To take advantage of this, flush your toilet just before the water is turned off. This will give you one last chance to clear out the bowl before the water is gone.

Once the Water is Off

If you didn't get a chance to flush before the water was shut off, don't worry - there are still ways to get rid of waste in your toilet bowl. One way is to pour clean water into the bowl from a bucket. Fill up the bowl until it's about halfway full and then let it sit for a few minutes. After a few minutes, flush the toilet as usual. The water in the bowl will help to push everything down.

Collect Water to Pour into the Bowl

If you don't have any clean water on hand, don't worry - there are other ways to flush your toilet. One way is to collect rainwater, pool water, or from another safe body of water. Once you have enough water, pour it into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before flushing.

Call Your Handy Plumber

If you've tried these things, or simply believe you should get a plumber involved, you should call your local plumber. The team at Nautilus Plumbing can help you resolve your plumbing issues, like the toilet not flushing. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call us today at (323) 629-4627.

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