How to Flush a Toilet Whenever the Water Is Turned Off

Modern indoor plumbing is an absolute necessity for the sanitation and health of practically every household in Canada. The bathroom toilet plumbing, for most families, works perfectly well 99 percent of the time.  The basic function is performed by simply pulling the handle.  However, whenever the water supply is cut off, that is when indoor plumbing isn’t able to do its job.  This can create a very unpleasant situation.  Keep reading for tips on how your toilet can be flushed when the water isn’t on.

Toilet Problems

When a toilet won’t flush, that isn’t as serious of a plumbing emergency compared to a flood, however it can cause an embarrassing situation for the individual who unknowingly use the toilet without realizing the water isn’t on.  Fortunately, even when a home’s water isn’t running, there are still ways to eliminate the contents of your toilet.  There is always a low-tech solution, whether there has been a water main break, the municipal supply is shut off, you turned the water off due to a plumbing repair or some other issue.

Keep in mind the toilet tank fills up immediately following a flush and stays that way until the toilet is used again.  So if your water supply gets cut off, it should still be full, meaning you will have one flush still to use.  The smart homeowner will save the flush and only use it if there is an emergency.  However, all will not be lost if somebody accidentally uses that flush.  

Hacks for Your Bathroom Toilet Plumbing

When it comes to your bathroom toilet plumbing, the secret is that running water or pressure isn’t required in order for it to function.  Of course, in order to fill the tank you do need to have access to water.  However, the process from there works completely through gravity – whenever the handle is pulled, the contents of the tank are emptied into the bowl.  This pushes everything down the drain so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore.


If there is no water flowing via your plumbing into the tank, there is an easy way to replicate this action.  All you need to do is dump a bucket full of water into the toilet bowl to flush it.  When using this bucket method, one very reassuring thing about it is that it really doesn’t matter what kind of water you use.  It is just going to go down the toilet.  So if there isn’t any water inside your home, you can fill your bucket up from a rain barrel, nearby stream or your neighbor’s house.  That said, it’s still a good idea to have one or two buckets filled up ahead of time if you are anticipating needing to turn off the water all day to have a major plumbing repair done.

Plumbing Expertise for Emergencies or Routine Calls

Plumbers are willing and able to take on even really dirty jobs to make sure that the bathroom toilet in your house is fully functioning.  Whether it is for an emergency or routine service call, don’t hesitate to call an experienced plumber for whatever assistance you might need to keep everything flowing smoothly at your house.