Take the 2-minute tour ×
Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the water still be able to drain out of the bowl?

share|improve this question
1  
If you let all the water drain out, you may not be able to loosen the blockage effectively. –  Skaperen Mar 3 '13 at 2:26
add comment

1 Answer 1

Water usually seeps past most blockages, but not always.

You may have to hand bail the bowl down 1/3 or 1/2. THEN employ a plunger. The older cup plungers worked best with a strong UP pull (hence the bowl draining).

If its a newer, smaller tank, an older cup plunger may not make a tight fit:

enter image description here

This style may work better and will both push and pull against the blockage:

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.