Gurgling Plumbing: A Disaster Warning or a Minor Problem?
It’s easy to become unnerved by the sound of gurgling plumbing in your kitchen or bathroom. Even when you have new appliances installed, simple drainage issues can cause these disturbing sounds in sinks, toilets, showers and tubs. The best way to approach the situation is to immediately troubleshoot the problem and outline a solution. You may need a professional to help with this process. Here are some common causes of gurgling in your plumbing and steps you can take to fix them.
Gurgling in the Bathroom
A common complaint from homeowners in the Buford area is gurgling sounds coming from the bathroom plumbing. You may hear gurgling when shower water is draining, after flushing the toilet or while running the water in your sink.
Typically, this issue indicates drain blockage throughout your bathroom plumbing. Many homeowners have had unpleasant experiences using store-bought drain cleaners to address blockage problems. The chemicals in drain cleaners are known to damage residential plumbing and release toxins into the ecosystem. A far better solution is calling in a pro to use a plumber’s snake to clear the drain.
Gurgling Plumbing as a Venting Issue
In other cases, plumbing that makes gurgling sounds may indicate an issue with your home’s drain vents. Without the proper air movement, pipes struggle to move water through your home’s plumbing. This situation results in gurgling sounds.
To fix this issue, you have the option of extending the drain vents or replacing them completely. Casteel’s experienced plumbing team can advise you about whether an extension of the vents will work or if full replacement is necessary. Though you may spend more upfront on replacement vents, correcting the problem at its source will save you money in the long run.
Blocked Septic Systems
The third, and most complicated, cause of gurgling plumbing is a blocked septic system. To fix this problem, you need a rooter service to come in and empty your septic tank at the earliest convenience. Pro plumbing teams can clear out the septic system to get your home’s plumbing running like the day it was installed.
How to Sidestep the Gurgling
There are several steps to take if you hope to avoid the blocked drains that are the source of most gurgling sounds in your home’s pipes. Always keep drain covers on so that hair and other materials don’t collect inside the pipes. Hair and soap scum can act as a web that traps debris, which can eventually cause gurgling and drain blockage. Also, be careful to limit the waste that is flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain.
Hearing your plumbing make gurgling sounds is not a reason to panic. If you believe the problem is serious, call Casteel for instant attention. With our help, you can eliminate the gurgling and make your plumbing run smoothly.