Is There a Gremlin in Your Toilet? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Is There a Gremlin in Your Toilet? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

That gurgling sound you hear isn’t normal. Call Billy the Sunshine Plumber to banish your plumbing gremlins. Have a spooky Halloween and don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight.

It’s Halloween and – how appropriate – your toilet is making spooky gurgling noises. You’re not sure whether to drop everything and get it fixed or if you can go ahead with your plans to enjoy as many Halloween events as they can as they won’t be trick or treating tonight.

You’re right in thinking there’s something wrong with your toilet. Gurgling noises are never normal. But how urgent the problem depends a lot on the cause and whether you can fix it yourself or need the help of a plumbing pro like the Tampa Bay plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

When a toilet gurgles, it indicates that negative air pressure (suction) is building up in the drain line, creating an airlock of sorts.

Bob Vila explains: “In a well-functioning drain system, air flows freely through the lines, preventing negative air pressure, so waste runs smoothly down and out. Gurgling indicates abnormal suction building in the line. The negative air pressure will eventually release, pushing air backward through the drainpipe and into the toilet bowl. When this occurs, you’ll hear a gurgling noise, the water in the bowl may bubble, and the toilet may flush itself.

“The buildup of negative air pressure is caused by a clog in one of two areas: somewhere in the drain system, which could be close to the toilet or farther down the main sewer line that connects to your community’s sewer system, or in your home’s vent stack (the pipe that allows sewer gases to escape through the roof).

The gurgle might not be too annoying now, but if the culprit is a broken or collapsed sewer line, it will have to be fixed—and the sooner the better. If neglected, waste could back up into toilets, showers, or tubs.”

Bob Vila offers this advice to help you decide whether to call in a plumber:

  • Seal off drains in nearby sinks, tubs, showers and plunge the toilet. If the toilet is gurgling because of a clog in the drain pipe, this could clear it and solve your problem.
  • If that doesn’t work, call your neighbors to see if they have the same problem. If they are, it’s likely a problem in the community system. If other neighbors are having the same problem, then it’s time to call your city or county sewer department and report the issue.
  • Snake the drain.
  • Clear the vent stack, which is the pipe that comes out of your roof. If you don’t feel comfortable crawling around on your roof, call a plumbing professional.

If none of these suggestions solves the problem, it’s time to call a trusted plumber like the reliable plumbing technicians at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

“Plumbers have specialized equipment, such as mini cameras that drop into vent stacks for a close-up look at clogs and powerful sewer augers that can chop right through tree roots potentially clogging your main sewer line,” says. “There’s also a slim chance that the main sewer line in your yard has broken or collapsed, requiring excavation and professional repairs could be necessary.”

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