Why is My Toilet Gurgling?

There are several factors that can cause a toilet to make a gurgling sound, one that’s very difficult to miss.

Water Level

To discover why it’s happening, check inside the tank to see if the water level is where it should be. If not, you probably didn’t have enough water the last time you flushed, thus accounting for the gurgling sound which is symptomatic of a weak flush. To test that theory, check the flapper chain to be sure there’s no slack in it. 

Another condition that can cause gurgling is too little water in the bowl. To correct that, flush again. If your toilet doesn’t back up, flush it as many times as necessary until the water reaches its normal level inside the bowl.

Blocked Toilet

A blocked toilet also can result in toilet gurgling. Try unblocking it, of course, and let’s hope the blockage is reachable by your plunging and other activities.

If attempting to unblock a toilet or adjusting the water level doesn’t produce the desired result, Plumbtastic is ready and able to come save the day. For starters, we’ll use our special-purpose video inspection camera to discover the exact extent and location of the blockage. 

Quite often, the ultimate cause of a blocked drain and gurgling toilet is tree or shrub root incursion inside your underground sewer line. Even a hairline crack provides ample room for them to enter and, once there, they’re going to multiply with even more roots coming in to join them. That’s because the very material you’ve flushed away nourished them…go figure.

Over time, the accumulation of roots and other objects attached to the root mass can partially and even totally obstruct water flow, provided the problem is left unattended for an extended period of time.

That’s why we urge you to contact us as soon as you hear a toilet gurgle. The faster the problem can be diagnosed, the easier and more affordable the solution. Plumbtastic Plumbing & Rooter – the only plumbing company you’ll ever need.  

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