A few months ago, while house sitting for a friend, we were startled awake in the middle of the night by the flush of the toilet. We grabbed the nearest object and called a friend who stayed on the phone with us while we went to investigate. We searched the house. Nothing. Just as we were about to hang up, we heard the flush again but the bathroom was empty! Turns out the "phantom flush" is one of 5 common toilet problems that can easily be fixed yourself.
The phantom flush, water trickling into the tank, a bowl that empties slowly, the dreaded clog, and leaky seals are all problems that can be fixed without calling a plumber, using just a few simple tools. For detailed instructions, click here