If you want to really clean your bowl or make a toilet repair, you might need to drain it for access.
Luckily, you can empty the toilet bowl in just a few minutes by simply shutting off the water supply and flushing the toilet. To make sure you do this properly, use the following guide.
Easy Way to Empty a Toilet Bowl
The whole process can be broken down into two stages: draining the tank and draining the bowl. You won’t need any tools or any specific plumbing knowledge.
Draining the Tank
- First, you will need to turn off the water line that goes to the toilet. Look for a small knob near the toilet, usually on the wall. Turn it clockwise by holding the base with one hand and rotating the small knob with the other. Be careful! The knob could break under too much force.
- Now, remove the top of the tank. Place it on a towel on the floor so that it doesn’t get damaged. With the top of the tank removed, you will be able to see when the water has completely drained.
- Now flush the toilet, which will cause the water to drain from the tank. If it’s not draining, check the shut-off valve as it might not be tightened completely. If there is a problem with the shut-off valve, you could shut off the main water supply to your house while working on the toilet.
- Continue to hold down the flush valve until the water is completely drained. That’s it—the tank is now empty.
Draining the Bowl
- To drain the toilet bowl properly, make sure that you have drained the tank first.
- Consider laying down some tarp or old towels. Even if you are careful, there may be some mess during this process.
- Fill a bucket with a few gallons of water and pour it into the bowl. Although it might seem illogical, pouring the water into the bowl will cause it to drain. Try to pour slowly at first, but if that doesn’t help, quickly dump the remaining water.
- Your toilet bowl should be empty. Even though it is drained, there will still be some residual water in the bowl. The easiest way to take care of the remaining water is with a sponge.
Frequently Asked Questions
A low water level in the tank or a clog in the toilet can keep your bowl from emptying when you flush.
The main water supply valve is usually located at the end of your property. If you are having trouble finding it, look for a metal or plastic box door at ground level.
As you can see, draining the toilet bowl is a very simple process. You should only make sure that the shut-off valve is completely tightened, and that you need to empty the tank first. Also, you might want to check out a shop-vac, which is a very useful tool for removing water from the toilet.