Re: ghost flushing?
Here's my guess of what's happening:
- The flapper is leaking. This allows a slow seepage of water into the bowl.
- When the water level in the tank drops below a certain level, the float valve opens and you hear the "flushing" sound of the water refilling the tank. Some water is also diverted into the overflow tube, which normally refills the bowl after the flush. This causes the motion you see in the bowl.
- Once the tank is full, the float valve closes and the cycle repeats.
The answer, then, is to replace the flapper, for less than $10. No tools required except some dexterity in your fingers.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.