Why is My Toilet Gurgling?

Lately, has your toilet sometimes had too much to “say”? Like when it starts to gurgle or make a burping-like sound? If so, allow us to confirm the obvious: that’s not normal. Not even a little. Instead, that noise is the sound of an imminent plumbing drain problem waiting to vex you.

Gurgling has Two Main Causes.

All drain lines need air to create the suction necessary to fully perform their draining function. The suction comes from vents that are installed throughout your house – most of them hidden in walls or under floors – that eventually lead to one or two main vents you can see on your roof and/or the side of your house.

Should your toilet start to gurgle, it’s either because there’s a clog in a sewer or drain line or your outdoor vents are clogged with leaves or other built-up debris.

The Cure for Gurgling Toilets.

Hear a gurgle? Then grab a plunger or a snake and see if you can “get to the bottom” of the problem on your own. If that doesn’t work, and you’re the handy and adventurous type, climb up on your roof and attempt the following:

  • Use a flashlight to see if there’s a clog, and how far down it goes.
  • If it’s not too far down, use a stick or garden stake and try moving it to one side so air can escape.
  • You can also snake the vent pipe if the suspected clog is too far down to reach with a stick.
  • If none of this works, grab your garden hose and, using the high pressure setting, blast water into the vent to break up the clog. If you’re successful, you’ll hear a whooshing sound that indicates the clog has been broken up and air is once again mixing with water.

Above all, please don’t try doing any of this without taking all appropriate safety precautions and having someone available to assist you.

If the Situation is Still Drastic, Just Call Plumbtastic!

Here at Plumbtastic, there’s no blocked toilet or vent problem too difficult for us to handle. Just give us a call and we’ll turn that gurgle into the sound of smooth flushing water – you know, the sound that whispers “all’s well” with your drains again.

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