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Toilet Flushes by Itself

As a homeowner, you have a lot of things to think about — like what room needs to be cleaned next, what to cook for dinner, where to take your next family vacation, and more. But, how often do you think about your plumbing?

With all of the demands from everyday life, your plumbing is probably something you don’t think about much. But, maybe lately you’ve noticed something distressing and seemingly unexplainable — your toilet is flushing by itself. You wonder, how is this possible? What causes a toilet to flush by itself? And, is there anything you can do to fix it?

What is a phantom flush?

Simply put, a phantom flush occurs when your toilet flushes by itself. You may initially wonder, how is that possible unless there’s a phantom around? As plumbers, we can assure you there’s no paranormal activity to be blamed. And, while this phenomenon may seem mysterious, it’s simply caused by basic plumbing problems.

How to Fix a Toilet that Flushes Itself

The Toilet Flapper is Broken and Needs to be Replaced

Located inside your toilet tank — the flapper is a small piece of rubber or plastic connected by a chain on the flush handle lever. It’s the part that helps you flush your toilet with ease. But, like most plumbing components, gradual wear and tear will call for it to be replaced.

Ghost flushing could be a sign that the flapper inside your toilet tank is broken and ready to be replaced. Replacing the flapper is inexpensive and can be done in just a few simple steps.

The Toilet Fill Valve Needs to be Replaced

The toilet fill valve is the part of your toilet that refills the tank after flushing. Over time, the fill valve can become worn out and cause problems — like phantom flushing.

Toilet fill valves can deteriorate and break over time. If it’s been more than 5 years since the toilet fill valve was last replaced, replace it in 8 steps.

Toilet Repair in South Florida

At Sansone, we understand plumbing problems can be frustrating and inconvenient. If your toilet is phantom flushing, our team is here to help. We provide services in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie.

Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment online.

Broward: (954) 800-2858
Palm Beach: (561) 701-8274
St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656

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