The Phantom Flush!

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Does your toilet sound like it’s flushing all by itself?

It’s not uncommon.   The most typical cause of “phantom flushing” is a worn out flapper.  The flapper seals the hole between the upper half of your toilet (the tank) and the lower half (the toilet bowl). When it wears out, water seeps from the tank to the bowl.  You can save a good deal of money, as much as $840 a year, if you have any toilet issues fixed.

Plumbing Tips

  • Flush your water heater once a year to remove calcium, rust and sand.  These sediments collect in water heaters, making them work harder to heat water.
  • According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, water heaters should be replace every 10 to 15 years.
  • Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains, including floor drains to prevent odors from entering your home.
  • To save money, consider low flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads.
  • Make sure everyone that lives or spends time in your house (like a babysitter) knows where your home’s main water shut-off valve is, and how to shut if off.  If a pipe leaks or breaks, you certainly don’t want to wast time finding this valve.
  • Don’t put hot grease, coffee grounds, tea leaves, rice, flour or pasta down your kitchen drain.  These foods are some of the main reasons kitchen drains back up.

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