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?

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    If you let all the water drain out, you may not be able to loosen the blockage effectively.
    – Skaperen
    Mar 3, 2013 at 2:26

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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:

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

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Try this one!

1 gallon vinegar Big bottle of vinegar

My wife tell's it's works!

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