How Do You Flush the Toilet When the Water is Turned Off?

There’s never a good time to lose the ability to flush your toilet. While one of the most reliable appliances in your home, that one time you need it the most is when that ever-dependable handle fails to do its job. Well, fear not. We know just the thing to get your porcelain throne back on its feet (foot?) again – at least for a little while.

A toilet that won't flush isn't as dire a plumbing emergency as a flood, but it can create an embarrassing dilemma. Especially for that person who last flushed - not to worry, this is a judgment free zone.

The little secret to toilet plumbing is that it doesn't actually require pressure or even running water to function. All you need is water. Everything else relies on gravity. When you flush, you pull the handle down and the water inside the tank empties its contents into the bowl, pushing everything inside down the drain and out of your life.

If you’re water is turned off, you have no water filling the tank. But you can still replicate the process very easily. All you have to do is manually dump a bucket of water into the bowl. Simply start pouring the water in the bowl and watch the magic happen.

If you know ahead of time that your water is about to be turned off, it’s a good idea to have several buckets filled and ready to go.

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