What is Ghost Flushing?

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Ghost Flushing: The Phantom Of The Bathroom

While many things can go bump in the night, nothing is more frightening than the sound of…a toilet flush! Okay, ghost flushing may not be scary sounding, but you try making a toilet sound scary. If you ever noticed that you’re walking around your home and all of a sudden can hear a toilet flushing, you may have experienced ghost flushing. While a toilet flushing on its own can sound creepy, the cause behind ghost flushing can be relatively tame.

Check The Flapper

If you notice that your toilet sounds like water keeps running long after you flushed it, you more than likely have an issue with your toilet’s flapper. Sometimes a faulty flapper can cause your toilet water to run when nobody is around, which can gradually raise your energy bills without you noticing. To test for a defective flapper, try pouring a colored food dye into your toilet’s water tank. Come back after an hour or two, and if the water tank is still the color of the food dye, then your flapper is not the culprit. However, if you notice that the food dye is gone, then you have a leaky flapper.

Faulty Handle

Another common cause of ghost flushing is that the chain for your toilet’s handle is too short. This often happens when replacing your toilet’s chain. A short chain can cause the handle to not correctly control the seal of your flapper, causing your water to run randomly throughout the day. You might have guessed the fix for this issue, and it’s getting a longer chain to help your handle properly create a seal for your toilet’s flapper.

When Do I Need to Hire a Plumber?

If your flapper and chain are not the culprits of your ghost flushing, then you might have an issue with your toilet’s fill tubes. Improperly positioned refill tubes can cause internal leaks that will lead to ghost flushing, as well as any structural damage to the tube. If you notice water around the base of your toilet, or water dripping from the tank onto your floor, you need a repair. Broken seals and bolts can cause a lot more issues than just a tiny pool of water by your toilet, and you want to have a professional inspect your bathroom as soon as possible.

At Steve’s Plumbing & A/C Service, our professional plumbers can help you find out why your toilet water keeps running long after you flush. If you have any concerns about ghost flushing, toilet leaks, or want to schedule routine maintenance for your toilet, give us a call at (808) 563-4054 or contact us online.

What Our Clients Say

Matt was very professional and considerate as we are in a COVID world. May not necessarily be the cheapest but you are paying for the quality, peace of mind, and quick response time to my urgent matter. I will definitely call them again for my next plumbing issue.

-Elias S.

If you have any plumbing needs this is the company to use. They said they would be there at 9:30 and by gosh, they showed up at 9:28 that not a normal thing when it comes to plumbing. Both of them were not they answered all my questions without hesitation and got the job done within 45 minutes even though they said it would take an hour and a half.

-Bob J.

Brayden and Maka worked on a major repair at our home over a time period of four days. We have high praise for both of them, their professionalism, courtesy, friendliness, and reliability. Steve’s Plumbing is lucky to have these two fine employees.


Shon Bolo was very courteous. He was very informative about how Plumbing is just as important as the engine of a car. He was very respectful. Even though I wasn’t able to get everything done as expected. Shon was able to install my laundry tub to get my washer ready to drain and connected. Definitely would recommend shon bolo to friends and neighbors. Thank you very much for the wonderful job. Great service Shon!!

-Rowena H.

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