WHAT CAUSES MY TOILET TO BURP, AND GURGLE?
Updated: Oct 21, 2022
The flush of your toilet is a familiar sound, so when it starts to gurgle or bubble, it’s obvious that something isn’t right. Gurgling noises are not as uncommon as they might sound. Still, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the signs that something is wrong with your toilet. If you’ve noticed that your toilet has started to gurgle or bubble after flushing, it’s only a matter of time before more strange symptoms start to affect your plumbing system, such as a water back up.
Avoid the cost of expensive water backup services by ensuring your toilet health the moment it begins to make unusual noises. This guide will help you identify the root cause of your toilet troubles and some easy fixes you can try before calling the pros at MVP PLUMBING.
WHAT CAUSES A TOILET TO GURGLE OR BUBBLE?
When a toilet gurgles or bubbles, it generally means one thing: There’s a blockage in your system. For water and waste to flow through your plumbing system, the air pressure must be at a specific level. Negative air pressure or suction caused by blockages can cause air to escape and the toilet to back up, causing gurgling noises or bubbling water. The following are just some of the most common places that a blockage could exist in your system:
The toilet: Toilet blockages can be easily spotted by identifying floating objects in the toilet water.
The toilet drain: When things are flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed, the toilet drain can become clogged.
The main sewer drain: All of the drains in your home lead to the main sewer drain, so a blockage there will impact nearly all of the plumbing fixtures in your home.
The vent stack: Malfunctioning plumbing appliances might be caused by a clogged vent stack on your roof, leading to negative air pressure and a gurgling toilet.
Whatever the main cause of your gurgling toilet may be, there are steps that you can take as a homeowner to attempt to remedy the issue before calling in the professionals.
3 EASY FIXES FOR A FAULTY TOILET
If your toilet is gurgling, there are some DIY plumbing tricks you can try that may provide the