Have you ever flushed the toilet or washed your hands in the kitchen sink and then heard a gurgling sound? Is the smell emanating from your sink offensive? Are you worried that you could soon experience a more serious plumbing issue?
Typically, gurgling pipes are caused by clogs in your drains. It is essential to determine the source of any unpleasant odors or gurgling before calling a professional plumbing firm to investigate the cause of your gurgling pipes and make any necessary repairs.
Why are My Pipes Gurgling?
A congested vent pipe or a blocked sewer line is the cause of gurgling pipes. Your pipes may become obstructed, preventing air or water from moving smoothly. You can hear gurgling because of trapped air or gas bubbles as a result of this.
Depending on where the gurgling sound is coming from, one or more locations may be the problem. For instance, if the gurgling is exclusively coming from your bathroom sink, there is probably a problem with the drain or the P-Trap.
The P-Trap, an angled pipe under your sink, stops any main sewer line odors from rising and exiting your drains. To prevent sewage gas from entering the drain, it does this by retaining a little amount of water.
Your main sewer line may be the source of the gurgling sound you hear in your bathroom when you turn on the kitchen sink. Obstacles can lead to problems that need to be examined, like tree roots, trash, and broken pipes. Call experts who can evaluate the sewer system and do any necessary repairs if there is an issue with it.
A clogged drain may lead to gurgling pipes.
Your kitchen or bathroom sinks may be clogged by several items, including hair, grease, grime, dead skin, or soap residue if they are creating gurgling noises.
Fortunately, any hair accumulation in your drains can be removed with pliers or tweezers. Consider purchasing a drain hair catcher to stop hair from falling into your drain once the buildup has been removed.
Alternatively, you can get rid of any obstructions that aren’t caused by hair, by mixing hot water with a few teaspoons of water-based dish detergent. You should be able to clear out any grease, grime, or other debris that may be the source of your bubbling pipes and clogged drain by carefully pouring the treatment into the drain and cleansing it with hot tap water.
A broken or clogged P-Trap may also be the source of gurgling pipes and obstructions. When water is running down your pipes and you can smell sewage, your P-Trap may not be functioning properly and has to be replaced.
A Blocked Vent System Can Cause Gurgling Pipes
The vent pipe permits air to enter your drains without obstructing water flow. This is accomplished by linking each drain in your home to a drain that escapes through the roof. They are prone to debris buildup, which makes it impossible for gas to leave, forcing it to exit down your drains and generating gurgling pipes.
If you suspect that your vent system is clogged, you should also be on the lookout for rapid water drainage and any unpleasant scents emanating from the drain. Have your clogged drains inspected and fixed by a professional plumber.
How to Stop Your Drains from Gurgling
Determine What Is Causing The Gurgle
It’s possible that the issue only affects that specific sink and the vent or drain pipe that extends from it if the sink itself gurgles while in use. However, if you hear noises emanating from the sink when you use another bathroom to flush the toilet or drain the tub, that indicates that there is an issue with the main vent or somewhere else.
As previously said, drain gurgling is typically a sign of a more serious issue. There is a serious problem that requires immediate attention if gurgling can be heard coming from every drain in your house.
Cleaning the Vent and Drain Pipe With A Snake Or Auger
Feel free to complete this task on your own if you have the necessary equipment and skills. If you believe the vent to be clogged, consider hosing the roof vents up to remove any buildup of debris. Another option is to push a sewer auger all the way down to the obstruction location from the roof vent opening.
If you believe the obstruction is in your drain pipe, remove the drain plate and use a snake to force the obstruction through. You might also try putting the snake in a tiny drain outside your house and pushing it through the sewage system to the street. If done incorrectly, this procedure can be very time-consuming and difficult.
Call an Expert
Please be aware that all of these options call for the appropriate resources, information, and expertise. Contact a reputable plumbing firm if you have a gurgling drain and are unclear about what to do next. Without the right equipment and knowledge, clearing a clogged drain could make things worse, seriously harm the plumbing system of the house, and possibly violate an insurance policy or new-home guarantee.
Speak With Your Local Sewer and Hydro-jetting Specialist
We are dedicated to serving all of our customers’ sewer-related requirements here at NW Sewer & Drain. You can reach out to us today at N.W. Sewer & Drain. We’re excited to help you sort out any drain issues you might be facing in your home or office building. Ideally, consulting an experienced local sewer and drain cleaning company should be your following line of action if you are experiencing slow-moving drains, foul odor, or clogged drains in your home and need help figuring out what else to do.
At N.W. Sewer & Drain, we have a well-trained and ready-to-move team on standby. We serve the Seattle metropolitan area, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Auburn, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon, and other surrounding areas.
N.W. Sewer & Drain provides top-notch drain cleaning and sewer repair services in the greater Seattle area, and we’ve been in the business for nearly 20 years. Contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your sewer line and pipes.