The Phantom Flusher: What To Do When Your Toilet “Flushes” On Its Own

Does your toilet tank mysteriously seem to turn on and refill itself at random intervals, even when it has been a long while since you’ve used it? Don’t call in the ghost hunters just yet. It’s not a ghost or goblin causing this phantom flushing – it’s a leak in your toilet tank. Here’s a closer look at what this problem entails and how to fix it.

How does a leaky tank lead to phantom flushing?

Your toilet’s tank is set up so that when the water level falls below a certain height, as happens after the toilet flushes, it automatically refills. If water leaks out of the tank and into the bowl, then the water level in the tank will drop, simulating a flush, and the tank will be triggered to refill.

Usually, a part known as the “flapper” is to blame for this leaking. The flapper is a …

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Safe Plumbing Tips For Pet Owners

Your pet is undoubtedly an extension of the family and just like any other family member, your pet can easily wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case when it comes to your plumbing system. Learning how to care for your pet without putting your plumbing system at risk is important.

Careful Digging

For dogs that enjoy digging in the backyard, owners need to be watchful of how deep they go. Contrary to widespread belief, sewer and water lines aren’t always buried deeply. They are sometimes buried just below the surface.

Particularly when it comes to severely worn pipes, the force of your dog’s digging claws could be enough to cause a puncture. Should you have exposed popes in your home, such as in an unfinished basement, cover them as they could easily suffer the same fate.

Cat Litter Disposal

Proper cat litter disposal is important. Cat litter …

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3 Tricks For Properly Connecting Pipes To Avoid Future Leaks

Doing your own home plumbing repairs is a great way to save money. However, if you don’t know how to properly connect water supplies and waste lines, you’ll just end up with leaks in the future and more repairs. Here are a few tricks for properly connecting  pipes the first time that you can use the next time you do a plumbing repair job.

#1 Secure Threaded Joints Twice

Threaded pipes and fitting are especially prone to leaks if they are not sealed correctly. If you are working on a plumbing job that requires you to connect together a threaded pipe, the best way to ensure that it doesn’t leak in the future is by taking extra precautions whenever you are working with a threaded pipe.

Take the male threads (the smaller end of the connection what will be going into the larger, or female, part) and wrap it with …

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Three Ways To Ensure You Detect A Water Leak Early

Having your plumbing system spring a leak is never a good thing. The longer it is before a leak is discovered, the more damage it can do, and the greater the chances it will lead to a burst pipe or a huge, splashing leak. Early detection is the key to preventing such atrocities. Here are three ways to make sure that if plumbing leaks do appear in your home, you catch them quickly.

Keep track of your water consumption.

The leaks that go undetected the longest are usually those that occur in one of your major water pipes that are buried under ground. You may not notice the water leaking right away because it is not coming into your home, but such a leak can really drive up your water bills! To ensure you notice such a leak sooner rather than later, keep a careful eye on your water bills. …

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