Water supply to a toilet mysteriously stopped

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  1. Mark5

    Mark5 New Member

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    Help please. The water supply to a toilet mysteriously stopped providing water overnight. I shut the water off to the bathroom and removed the quarter-turn supply valve. It’s the type that you glue on to the existing CPVC supply pipe. I removed it by unscrewing and separating the valve in half – the glued half remains on the CPVC pipe, see photo. I restored water to the bathroom and still got no flow to the toilet. I did get flow to the sink and shower. Hard to believe the pipe to the toilet only could have clogged overnight. 25-yr old house, well water not particularly hard, no water softener.

    Some background: I replaced a worn out fill valve in the toilet tank about a year ago. The new fill valve was faulty and never shut completely off but we lived with it for a year by turning the Q-turn valve on and off for each use (yeah, I know…) Suddenly, turning on the Q-turn valve provided no water. I assumed the faulty fill valve fully failed and replaced it with no improvement. I removed the supply hose from the Q-turn valve to check this valve, still got no flow, so I assumed the Q-turn valve failed (maybe the handle broke from the ball.) That’s when I separated the valve as described above, found the valve to be working fine, and realized I had no flow from a completely open pipe after turning the water back on.

    What could be going on? Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    Not relevant to your blocked-pipe question, I wonder if that valve is a compression valve. Is that piece in the center the same size as CPVC pipe (5/8 inch OD)?
     
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  4. Mark5

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    I'll check that tomorrow night (I reassembled everything in case water started flowing). I did stick a screwdriver in that hole to see if there was a blockage right there and it went in over 5 inches from the edge of that center piece. That would put it behind the wall where an elbow would be, so no blockage there.
     
  5. Mark5

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    Reach4, I have a spare valve and took it apart to study it. That piece is a CPVC adapter. The end you see measures 1/2 OD. The other end, which you can't see in the photo, measures 5/8 ID which is what is glued to the CPVC stub from the wall. I suppose the valve does act like a compression valve as the black rubber, which you can see wrapping around the CPVC adapter, compresses as the two halves are screwed together. Thanks for your help, the mystery continues...
     
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    Mark5 New Member

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    Correction, the black rubber happens to be attached to the other valve half in the photo. When screwed together, it will wrap around the CPVC adapter.
     
  7. ImOld

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    Considering there is water everywhere except for this short stub, I would get a piece of the #12/14 wire I have laying around, put a loop on the end, same as for wiring a screw connection, and start probing the pipe. It willl go around and through an elbow and won't get caught. Been there done that.
     
  8. WorthFlorida

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    Those 1/4 turn valves are not designed for daily use. 1/4 turn is generally a ball valve (a steel ball) that rotates inside a nylon jacket or sleeve. You wore out the jacket and it rotated with the ball thereby blocking the water flow.

    Go to the 2:30 mark.
     
  9. Reach4

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    Note post #5: he stuck a screwdriver in 5 inches.
     
  10. Mark5

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    Great video WorthFlorida, but yeah, the valve is not the problem. I just tried ImOld's wire-tool suggestion and have not been able to turn past that elbow yet with #14 wire. I'm mentally preparing to remove drywall and cut back pipe to get batter access... sure hope it doesn't come to that. Thanks for your input so far everyone.
     
  11. Reach4

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    Any chance there is a valve in the toilet supply path that you have not found, but a child did?
     
  12. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    I would guess that there is another valve somewhere upstream that has failed. On my toilet supply lines, I have thermal mixing valves that add a small amount of hot water to prevent toilet tank sweat. A failed mixing valve could manifest your problem. I installed the mixing valve in an accessible location should it ever fail.
     
  13. Mark5

    Mark5 New Member

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    Unlikely, there are no additional valves in the visual/accessible line to this bathroom. And no children here anymore :( Thanks.
     
  14. Mark5

    Mark5 New Member

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    That could certainly be possible, as much as I hate the idea. If true, I'll be in the drywall business. Thanks.
     
  15. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    BTW, what I use is the B&K 109-503RP Anti-Sweat Toilet Tank Valve. You might google it to see what it looks like so you know what to look for. I cannot find a link to it on the B&K site and Terry doesn't like us linking to reseller sites.
    On second thought, I could attach a screen grab.
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  16. dsc3507

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    Always interesting to know what solved the problem? Did you get the water flowing?
     
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