random flushing toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by jlanphier, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. jlanphier

    jlanphier Carpentry

    Apr 22, 2010
    denver, colorado
    I have two older toilets and a brand new one in the basement in an older house. i have replaced the valves on the older toilets because they were constantly running. They no longer run but what i have come across is that they tend to flush all by themselves; not all the way but partially. The valves are a newer water conserving type that have a "power flush" tube that runs along the bottom of the tank to keep debris from building up. The house is a rental and the renters say that they will just flush randomly and often 8-10 times a day.
    1. Is it a water pressure problem, did turn off the water a couple times while replacing the basement toilet and shutoff valve.
    2. is it just a too sensitive valve and releases on its own
    3. any other suggestions thanks.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    Normally, that means the flappers are losing water in the tank, and the tank is refilling.
    You can put a little food coloring in the tank, and see if it winds up in the bowl.
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