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How to Fix Toilet Ghost Flushing

How to Fix Toilet Ghost Flushing
September 25, 2021

How to Fix Toilet Ghost Flushing

Are you hearing the toilet flush all by itself? This can be an unnerving occurrence having you wondering whether ghosts really do exist. We won’t get into a discussion on paranormal activity, but we do know a thing or two about plumbing. The phenomenon you are experiencing is very likely the aptly named “ghost flushing.” At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, this is the closest we have gotten to “ghost busting,” but we are proud of it. If your toilet is flushing by itself, then continue reading to learn about ghost flushing and what to do about it. The emergency plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta are always happy to come by if you prefer to have a professional take care of it. We are just one call away.

What Is Ghost Flushing?

Ghost flushing is a problem in that it can waste hundreds of gallons, but it is also a symptom of another problem. Ghost flushing is typically a sign of a leaking toilet. Specifically, the toilet flapper is probably not sealing the flush valve. This can be because of a misaligned flapper or one that is damaged.

You can test whether this is the problem with just a bottle of food coloring. Add a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank and wait about 5 to 10 minutes. If you notice that the color of the water in the toilet bowl has changed colors, then you have got an internal leak.

Resolving the Issue

Let’s get started on fixing this issue. First, turn off the water supply by turning the water shutoff valve counterclockwise. This valve should be located behind the toilet. Once the water is off, you can remove the toilet tank’s lid and carefully place it somewhere secure. Now, hold down the flush lever to drain the toilet tank, allowing you to access the components housed in the toilet tank.

Inspect the chain connected to the flush lever as well as the flapper connected to the other end of the chain. The chain should be secured and sufficiently long to allow the flapper to rest in place but short enough to allow the lever to pull the flapper up. The flapper, meanwhile, should be free of damage and it should form a tight seal over the flush valve.

Fortunately, replacing either part is simple. In fact, the flapper and chain often sell together. Head to your local hardware store to purchase the parts and get started on the replacement. The replacement simple involves unclipping the chain from the lever and unhooking the flapper from the flush valve. However, different toilets may have varying connection methods. Either way, the removal and installation of the new flapper and chain should be quick and easy.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta

If you prefer not to get messy or just prefer to spend your time on other things, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta to hire a reliable plumber for the job. Our live representatives and dedicated plumbers are always ready to take your call and arrange an urgent dispatch.