Use bucket of water to flush toilet when water is turned off

Learn how to flush a toilet when the water has been turned off.

Question: Can I use a bucket of water to flush the toilet when the water has been turned off? Our water has been shut off. I can flush the toilet by pouring a bucket of water into the toilet bowl, right?

Answer: Taking a journey to the toilet without running water may seem absurd, but it's feasible. Most new aged toilets need less than 1.5 gallons of water, but if you have an older toilet, it may require more. After shutting the water off, you have one flush remaining. After being flushed the toilet refills automatically.

However, if you have access to an alternate water source (like if you filled a bucket of water before the water was shut off), you can still flush the toilet even though the water has been turned off.

What You Can Do

If you have already used your extra flush, there are four steps you can follow to recreate the flush.

1. Use a bucket to obtain water from another source, such as the sink or tub.

2. Take off the lid of the toilet.

3. Fill the tank of the toilet with the water collected until it reaches the overflow tube.

4. Flush the toilet!