Flushing A Toilet When The Water Ain’t Flowing - Parker & Sons

We have all been in this situation before. And it almost always, universally, leads to panic, worry, fear, stress, shame, along with incredible creative problem solving, slight mania, and maybe even mild hallucinations. You used the toilet. You did what you had to do. Then you pressed the flusher… and nothing happened. No water flowed. The water just ain’t flowing. So now what you did is just sitting there and you have no way to deal with it. And have no doubt, there are people outside that bathroom, just on the other side of the door who are going to judge you for what you have done. So, what are you going to do about it?

Today, we will talk about techniques you can use for flushing a toilet when the water has been turned off. Next time you encounter this terrifying situation, you will be well equipped to handle it with confidence, dignity, and aplomb.

First, things first. Lift the lid on the tank above the toilet and pray. If you are lucky, you may be the first person to interact with the toilet since the water has been shut off. If that is true, than there may be water still left in the tank. If that is the case, then you can flush like normal. However, the odds are that you already tried the flusher and nothing happened. So maybe we just got your hopes up for nothings. Whoopsies. Okay, so you are going to need another solution.

The easiest thing to do is to dump a bucket of water directly into the toilet bowl. This simulates the exact same action that occurs when you flush the toilet. Unfortunately, splashing may occur, so you need to be careful. You also need a bucket and some water. You best bet is to check under the bathroom sink for a bucket. If you luck out and find out, go ahead and use the shower or sink to fill it up. You are going to need a few gallons to get a flush, so don’t be timid. Now, simply dumb the bucket into the toilet and flush away!

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