11:23AM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 08/05/07
2 lifetime posts
I had my water shut off on vacation. When I returned and reopened the main water shutoff valve, all the water in my house worked properly, except for the pipe leading into my toilet bowl tank. Instead of letting water into the tank, it is generating mostly large air bubbles with occasional drops of water. What can I do to get rid of the air, and return to the normal situation of a water pipe delivering water?

Please don't point me to other Forum or Bulletin Board articles on this general topic. They all merely repeat the problem description, but provide no answer on how to fix it. If you know how, please please tell me....or email me directly at

Many thanks!


04:16PM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Shut off the water supply under the toilet tank, dissemble the fill valve, Place a cup over the the fill valve outlet, reach down and open the shut off valve SLOWLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Flush out the sediment and other debris close the valve and reassemble the fill valve IF this doesn't work replace it

For this information you may have saved over $165 for a plumbing service call thus I think it is reasonable for you to mail a check for $10 to Saint Jude's or make a wish foundation


07:26PM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 08/05/07
2 lifetime posts
Many thanks for your prompt reply. Only problem is that I don't know what a fill valve is. Is it the complicated vertical structure through which the water is supposed to flow as it enters the tank?

Would an obvious novice (me) be able to disassemble it, or to replace it? Or does my ignorance suggest I will have to pay that $165 for a plumber?

I appreciate your advice and frank opinion.


01:11PM | 08/09/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
When in doubt hire a licensed professional ASK TO SEE THE LICENSE if the guy says he is a "tech" tell him the copy machine is in your other house and don't let them dabble with your plumbing.

Then watch the legitimate plumber and learn by watching so the next time you can do it properly.

Think of it this way, you get the job and an heck of an education for the same price.

Real plumbers have either a journeyman's card or a masters license and the journeyman works under the masters license.

A tech would work either fixing copy machines or in a dental or X ray place


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