Introduction

Most toilet repairs are easier to perform without water in the toilet tank. Use this guide to drain the tank of a traditional gravity flush toilet.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

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  • Lift the tank lid up and away from the toilet tank.

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Image 1/2: The appearance of this valve may differ from toilet to toilet, but most operate the same. Image 2/2: The appearance of this valve may differ from toilet to toilet, but most operate the same.
  • Shut off the stop valve underneath the toilet by turning it clockwise until it becomes tight.

  • The appearance of this valve may differ from toilet to toilet, but most operate the same.

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Image 1/2: Hold the lever down until water stops draining from the tank. Image 2/2: A small amount of water will remain in the bottom of the tank.
  • 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.

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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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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 ?

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