Toilet that won't hold water

Old 08-24-01, 03:48 PM
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My toilet will not hold water in the bowl, although there is never any water on the floor around it. What could cause this? Is it possible that is as simple as the wax ring? Thanks to anyone with an answer to this question.
Old 08-24-01, 04:23 PM
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A toilet is designed to hold a cetain amout of water. The bowl fills up so full and then the water would go down the drain if water contines in the bowl. It operates on the same principle as a ptrap so if you understand that you got it. Given that the water in the bowl would not leak out because of the wax ring. It would leak when the toilet is flushed. Given that if you are sure the fill tube is in the pipe in the tank and is working properly and the bowl still does not hold water you need to replace the toilet. If you need info on toilets go to: it is a great resource.

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Old 08-27-01, 06:32 PM
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Also, a toilet has its own built-in trap.
If the vent pipe on the roof above that bathroom is clogged with leaves, birdnest, debris, etc., water draining from the tub or other fixtures could siphon the water out of the toilet (to create another "vent"), causing the water to go down.
Check and clean out the vent pipe, and flush it with a water hose sprayer. If that doesn't do it, you may need to rent a plumber's snake and snake it from top to bottom and then flush it.
Good Luck! Mike

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