Have you ever been lying in bed when all of a sudden you hear your toilet start to run, almost as if someone just flushed it?
Phantom flushing is one of the most common issues in homes across the country. And while it may seem like a minor inconvenience to most, it can be a huge waste of water and a sign of more serious plumbing issues.
Understanding Phantom Flushing
What Causes the Problem?
Normally when you flush, water stops running after just a few seconds. However if water keeps running or the toilet starts to flush on its own, then you know you have a problem on your hands.
Toilets are surprisingly complicated and a lot goes on behind the scenes when you flush. From flaps opening and closing to water rushing through, all of these moving parts have to work together in order for your toilet to flush.
If your toilet keeps randomly flushing, it’s likely because of:
- a cracked toilet flapper
- a caught chain
- the float needing to be lowered
- the refilling tube needing to be repositioned
On average, each flush uses about one and a half gallons of water. While that may not seem like much at first glance, that can amount to thousands of gallons of wasted water each year (depending on how often your toilet is running) and hundreds of dollars wasted.