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A Guide to Turning Off Toilet Water Supply

If your toilet is overflowing or you’re planning on making a repair, the first thing you’ll want to do is turn off the toilet’s water supply. Since your toilet’s water supply will continue pumping water to your toilet unless it’s shut off, it’s important you know how to turn off toilet water by using your toilet’s shut-off valve. Luckily, it’s usually pretty easy to turn off a toilet’s water supply. All you have to do is follow a few steps.

How to Turn Off Your Toilet’s Water Supply

While most people should leave toilet repair work to plumbing professionals, sometimes emergencies make it so you can’t wait, especially if your toilet is overflowing. When you need to turn off your toilet’s water supply fast, you’ll need to use your toilet’s shut-off valve. Since most homes and apartments have a toilet shut-off valve located behind the toilet, you’ll usually only need to follow these steps to turn off your toilet’s water supply:

  • Find the toilet’s shut-off valve: To turn off your toilet’s shut-off valve, you’ll first need to find it. Usually, the valve will be located behind your toilet and mounted on the wall. To find the valve, simply look at the wall behind your toilet, and the valve should be near the bottom of your wall’s left-hand side.
  • Turn the valve clockwise: Once you’ve found the valve, just turn the valve clockwise until it doesn’t allow you to turn it anymore. If your toilet has a push/pull valve, you’ll need to pull your valve all the way out. For valves that are stuck due to rust or corrosion, we do not recommend touching. Instead, shut off the main water to the house.
  • Check if the water supply is cut off: After turning off the toilet water line, it’s a good idea to see if it worked. To check if the water is off, flush your toilet and see if any water refills in your toilet’s back tank. For times when your toilet is clogged, lift your back tank’s float lever and then push it down. If water doesn’t fill up in your tank once you’ve performed either of these checks, your water supply is cut off.
  • Turn your valve counterclockwise to turn the water back on: If your toilet is ready for use again, you can turn the water back on by simply turning the shut-off valve counterclockwise. Make sure you’ve turned the valve as far as it can go before flushing the toilet to see if everything’s in working order.

Choose Bonney for Toilet Repair and Replacement Services in Sacramento and Concord

Turning off your toilet’s water line is only the first step to fixing an overflowing or broken toilet. Instead of trying to handle a repair yourself, turn to our plumbing experts at Bonney for toilet repair and replacement services in Sacramento and Concord. Once you contact us, our team will act fast to inspect your toilet and plumbing system to find the source of the issue. After diagnosing the problem, we can make any needed repairs or a full toilet replacement if necessary. Find out more about our toilet repair and replacement services today. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please contact us.