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Is Your Toilet Haunted by Ghost Flushing?

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It's the middle of the night and you suddenly hear the toilet flush. But everyone else in the house is sound asleep. What's going on? In the plumbing biz we call this "ghost flushing" and it actually happens at all times of the day. You just tend to hear it when the house is more quiet. Here's what's happening and how you can banish these ghosts forever.

What is Ghost Flushing? 

Typically, an indication of a slow leak in the tank or bowl, ghost flushing can happen for a number of reasons:

Aside from being extremely annoying, a leaky toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water a month, so it's important to get it fixed ASAP.

Steps to Prevent Ghost Flushing 

There are several things you can do to put an end to ghost flushing. If you know how to perform toilet repairs, you might be able to fix the problem yourself. Otherwise it's a good idea to call in a professional so you don't do further damage.

Once the new flapper's in place, turn the water supply back on and wait for the tank to fill. Flush the toilet to make sure the tank properly fills again.

Call Your Plumber 

Some toilet repairs can be much more complicated that you might think. If your DIY efforts don't do the trick, or if you suspect there's a bigger problem with the toilet, it's a good idea to call in an experienced, professional plumber to take a look. There are times, like when the tank has a hairline crack, that it's best to replace the toilet. If that's your solution, be sure to pick a high-efficiency model that helps you save money on your utility bills while conserving water.

To learn more about ghost flushing or to schedule routine plumbing maintenance for your Jacksonville, FL home, call David Gray Plumbing today at 904-724-7211. You can also contact us online.

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