Are your toilets acting up, seemingly controlled by some unearthly force that causes them to flush automatically? Don't fret: you may be experiencing an all too common plumbing problem known as "ghost flushing," Mr. Rooter Plumbing has you covered with this guide so you know when to contact a professional plumber.
Ghost flushing occurs when your toilet suddenly flushes without human intervention. The source of ghost flushing often lies within your toilet tank itself.
The flapper in your toilet tank plays an essential role, sealing off its flush valve to maintain proper functionality and seal. A worn or damaged flapper may lead to internal leaks that compromise overall system efficiency and may subsequently result in ineffective flushes.
Examine the Flapper: Lift the toilet tank lid and take note of its flapper for signs of wear, cracks, or other indications of deterioration.
Solution: Replacing the flapper should be your next priority if damage has been observed. Luckily, this task can easily be performed without needing professional plumber services.
A toilet tank's refill tube is responsible for refilling with fresh water after each flush; any disruption in its function could lead to internal leaks in its plumbing.
Examine the Refill Tube: Ensure both ends of your refill tube are securely fastened to the fill valve and overflow tube.
Solution: Should the refill tube become disconnected or damaged, simply reattach or replace it as necessary to get things going again. This task should be easy as you can manage this one on your own.
Sometimes, the source of internal toilet leakage could be related to a dysfunctional flush valve requiring toilet repair, although more extensive in scope than usual. With proper guidance, these repairs are manageable.
Identification of Flush Valve Problem: If the flush valve may be at fault and no other causes have been ruled out, consider replacing its entirety.
Solution: Replacing a flush valve may require some plumbing expertise; for the best outcome, it may be best to hire professional help. If you need more clarification on your abilities, seek a professional plumbing service.
Leaks may arise outside of your toilet tank itself. Here's how to identify and resolve such problems.
Check Your Water Supply Line: Inspect the line connecting your toilet tank and wall carefully for leaks, drips, or signs of moisture intrusion. Look out for any visible leaks, drips, or moisture accumulation - especially those that indicate potential trouble ahead.
Solution: If leaks exist along your water supply line, tighten or replace any connections immediately to restore proper functioning - an often straightforward DIY job.
If water has begun dripping from the bottom of your toilet tank onto the floor, it could indicate another plumbing problem.
Assemble the Tank: Thoroughly dry the area surrounding your tank's base before inspecting for signs of new water droplets or pools forming around its foundation.
Solution: If water accumulates or drips out from beneath your tank, chances are good that its gasket or bolts need replacing. While you could attempt this for safety, seeking professional assistance from a plumber might be beneficial.
Leaks from beneath the toilet tank can also present serious challenges.
Examine the Tank Base: Conduct an in-depth inspection of where your toilet tank connects with its bowl to search for any signs of water leakage or moisture accumulation.
Solution: If leaks appear near this area, replacing the tank-to-bowl gasket or bolts could be to blame. Doing this yourself with some plumbing experience should suffice.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, our mission is to deliver unparalleled plumbing services tailored to meet the specific needs of every individual customer. Our highly skilled professionals specialize in diagnosing and fixing any plumbing issue on-site to keep your system operating as intended - you can rely on us for efficient yet dependable plumbing solutions every time!
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