If something is wrong with your toilet, you might decide that it's time to move the appliance away from the wall and do some work. Whether you choose to hire a plumber or you want to try to do it yourself, you may need to empty your toilet bowl and tank.
If you are thinking about emptying the toilet, there are a few things you should know. These tips will help you.
When Should You Empty the Toilet Bowl?
First, it's important to know when you should empty the toilet bowl. Anytime you need to move the toilet away from the wall, it's a good idea to empty out the water. Not only is it important to empty the bowl, but you also need to empty the tank itself. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing some flooding.
Prevent Water From Filling the Bowl
Second, make sure that you turn off the valve at the toilet where it connects to the wall. This prevents the water from refilling the bowl when you flush it.
Take the top off the tank of the toilet and peek in, assessing how much water is inside. Then, you'll be able to hold down on that toilet flusher and see most of the water drain out from the tank.
Soak Up Remaining Water
You may still have water in the tank, so it's important that you take some time to get the remainder out of the tank. You can do this with a sponge or a rag. Once you get all this water out of the tank, make sure you disconnect the water supply completely.
Take it to the Bowl
You can then pour a bucket of water into the bowl, creating suction to encourage the bowl to release. No more water will be able to enter the bowl from the tank, so you should see a significant decline in the water level. When you are able to get the water level down, you can use your sponge, rag, or cup again to empty the water.
Talk to a Plumber
Keep in mind that you may not have to do this on your own. You can call a plumber to take care of this step for you, especially if you are already calling a professional to take care of your toilet repair.
When in doubt about the state of your toilet and emptying the bowl, consider speaking with a plumber. A professional can help you repair your toilet bowl, whether you have already emptied it or not.
For more information on plumbing repair, contact a professional near you.