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Draining a Toilet Tank

  1. Draining a Toilet Tank, Tank Lid: step 1, image 1 of 3 Draining a Toilet Tank, Tank Lid: step 1, image 2 of 3 Draining a Toilet Tank, Tank Lid: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the tank lid up and away from the toilet tank.

  2. Draining a Toilet Tank, Shutting off the Water Supply to a Toilet: step 2, image 1 of 2 Draining a Toilet Tank, Shutting off the Water Supply to a Toilet: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Shut off the stop valve underneath the toilet by turning it clockwise until it becomes hand tight.

    • The appearance of this valve may differ from toilet to toilet, but most operate the same. Some valves require multiple turns to stop the water while others only require a quarter turn.

  3. Draining a Toilet Tank, Draining a Toilet Tank: step 3, image 1 of 2 Draining a Toilet Tank, Draining a Toilet Tank: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Push down the flush lever.

    • Hold the lever down until water stops draining from the tank.

    • A small amount of water will remain in the bottom of the tank.

    • If the flush lever or pull chain have become disconnected, lift up the toilet flapper to drain the tank.

Conclusion

Most toilets retain a small amount of water in the tank after draining. To remove any excess water from the bottom of your toilet tank, use our guide for Sponge Drying a Toilet Tank.

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Ron Davis

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I have a cracking in my toilet tank going almost the length of the tank and below water line resulting in a leak. In your experience is a sealant a good option or in reality would the tank need to be replaced in time ?

Thanks

K EVANS - Reply

It would make more sense to replace the tank, than seal any crack which would only reappear after time anyway.

John Turner -

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