toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? is this a plugged up toilet? I tried the plugger it but not doing anything .. a couple of hrs later the bowl will empty

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    Bowl overflow = plugged toilet for 100% sure. The real enigma is that you state the tank won't fill, so how is it that the bowl fills with water until it overflows...? Jul 26, 2016 at 5:01
  • The flapper is probably stuck open, so water runs continually into the bowl. Jul 26, 2016 at 11:09
  • when the tank fills the bowl fills at the same time...causingan overflow so ineed to shut water off
    – Bill
    Jul 26, 2016 at 15:38

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It sounds like there are two problems. You seem to have a clog in the sewer line slowing the flow of water. You said it finally drains after a while.

You also said the tank won't fill. This sounds like either the flapper is not seating properly, there is a leak between the bowl and tank, or the float has stopped working.

You might need to snake the sewer line if a plunger isn't working. For the flapper and float, those may need to be replaced. Mine seem to go out after about 4-5 years.

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