Bubbling in your toilet is a warning sign that something isn’t right. Most people tend to underestimate this problem, but it could point to a problem somewhere in your plumbing system.
Like any other toilet issue, you must tackle toilet bubbling before it becomes a major and expensive problem.
Here are possible reasons why you have a bubbling toilet.
The vent stack, also known as plumbing vent, is a vertical pipe leading to your home’s roof. This pipe eliminates sewer gases and regulates the air pressure in your plumbing system; thereby allowing drains and toilets to operate efficiently.
Sometimes, the vent stack can get clogged by leaves, animal nests or dead rodents; and release negative air pressure which may cause toilet bubbling.
The Solution: To fix this problem, you simply need to call a nearby plumber to clear the vent stack. This is not the kind of job you can fix on your own, if you’re not an experienced plumber because it involves getting up on the roof.
Another reason why a toilet might bubble is because the toilet itself is blocked or something is clogging the drain line. Clogging can occur as a result of flushing non-flushable items down your toilet, hard water build-up, lack of routine maintenance, and other causes.
A clog in your toilet creates negative air pressure and the air pushes back into the toilet bowl instead of flowing through the lines.
The Solution: In order to fix this problem, you’ll need to call an experienced plumber to clear any clogs that might be causing problems. A plumber will come in with advanced tools and tackle even the worst blockages. However, minor toilet clogs can be plunged away or cleared using a plumbing snake.
Your toilet may produce a bubbling sound when it’s trying to fill up as a result of having too much air in the water tank.
The Solution: Open the filler valve at the back of your toilet for a few minutes and let the excess air get out of the tank.
A toilet flapper is a rubber stopper that sits on the flush valve and allows water in and out of the toilet tank. If the flapper malfunctions, it tends to cause the toilet to bubble.
The Solution: You should call a plumber as soon as you notice this problem to replace the flapper and restore your toilet to its good working order.
You’ll know your flapper is failing if toilet water runs for a longer amount of time than usual, you hear a gurgling sound coming from the toilet bowl, and low flushing power.
Perhaps your toilet is bubbling as a result of clogging or one of its components is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. Or maybe you have an overflowing toilet and you need a lasting solution to the problem.
Whatever toilet problems you are experiencing, you need to call a reliable plumber to inspect your toilet and make repairs or replacements.
If you’re in need of reliable toilet repair or replacement, you can rely on Neighborhood Plumbing to get the job done efficiently.