You’re probably pretty familiar with the sound of a toilet gurgling. But, sometimes when you go to flush your toilet, it won’t stop making that horrible noise! If your toilet is making a lot of noise and you’re worried about water damage from broken pipes, this article will help you figure out what’s wrong.
You’ll learn how to avoid costly repairs and what to do in case you can’t figure out the issue yourself.
What causes a toilet to make bubbling or gurgling noises?
Bubbling and gurgling noises are usually caused by a blocked waste pipe. This is because the waste pipe is continually moving like a small motor and as it does so, some of the material that’s expelled from your body, like dead skin cells, hair, bone fragments, and mucus can get stuck to the inner lining of the waste pipe.
If this happens then eventually these particles will form a hard layer on the inside of it which prevents anything else from flowing through. This means that when you flush the toilet all of this material cannot be flushed away, and instead has to be broken down by water pressure until all that remains is harmless water.
1) The toilet
It could be that the toilet is blocked or something is stuck inside the bowl. This will require taking the toilet off of its base and that requires some time to do properly and safely. When you hear the noise, try not to panic and instead turn off the water supply to the toilet.
If you’re in a place where there are no water lines, then you have no choice but to turn off the power to your home in order to find out what’s causing this problem. However, if you don’t know how to do this, then call licensed plumbers immediately because they are the ones who will know exactly what needs to be done at all times.
2) The Flapper valve
The gurgling could be caused by the flapper valve, which is made of plastic. The best way to check for leaking toilet flappers is to poke around under the bowl and make sure you can’t feel any pinched areas. If water is running out of the tank, then you have a leak.
3) Clogged drain
Bubbling sounds are a symptom of a clogged drain. The water pressure in the toilet tank is too low to push the water through the outlet pipes, so it will sit in the bowl and slowly fill up with air. This causes bubbles to form that rise to the surface of your toilet.
4) The vent stack
The vent stack can build up large amounts of debris and is one of the first parts of your toilet that will need regular cleaning. The longer the debris remains, the more it impacts your performance. A buildup of debris can limit how much water you can use in your toilet, which will affect its flushing capability and make it harder to flush the waste down the loo.
This means you may have to stop using it entirely until you take care of it. There are also infections and other blockages in your pipes that should also be taken care of immediately.
Three ways to fix a faulty toilet
1) Replace the tank. If you have a leaky toilet, this is the easiest fix.
2) Disassemble the tank and clean it thoroughly.
3) Install a new wax ring sealer in the flange of the toilet tank to prevent water leaks.
To find out what’s causing the gurgling, contact the plumbing pros!
Gurgling toilets can be a sign of a serious plumbing issue, and the sooner you get it fixed, the better. At Plumber To Your Door, we provide toilet replacement and repair services in Toronto and GTA. We can quickly diagnose the problem and get your toilet back up and running in no time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.