Whenever your drains make a strange gurgling sound, you may become slightly concerned. What’s causing the sound? How do I fix it? Is the sound coming from multiple drains or just one?
By answering these questions early on, you can figure out the issue sooner and learn what you need to do to fix it. You might not be happy knowing you have a plumbing issue, but hearing that gurgling sound alerts you to the problem so you’re able to resolve it before it can get worse. Here are a few reasons why your sink is making a gurgling sound, and the best ways to solve the plumbing issue.
Which Sink is Making the Gurgling Sound?
Sinks are one the most used appliances in your home, especially the kitchen sink. Sending food scraps, oil, and grease down the garbage disposal can quickly cause build up in the pipes, which can increase the risk of drain clogs. Before trying to figure out the plumbing problem, you need to know if the gurgling is coming from one sink or multiple sinks. If multiple drains are gurgling, then it could be an indicator of a clog in the main sewer line.
What is Causing the Gurgling Noise?
Drain gurgling can happen for several reasons. It can either be from a partially clogged drain or the drain not being properly vented. A sink’s vent is used to prevent a vacuum from occurring when the sink is full of water. If the drain isn’t properly venting, air will fill the vacuum created by the water and cause the gurgling sound, which is the sound of air rushing past the sink’s P-trap.
What Can You Do to Solve the Plumbing Issue?
If the clog isn’t too serious, you may be able to remove the obstruction yourself if you have the proper plumbing tools. Plungers and drain snakes are a must for most drain clogs. Drain snakes make breaking up the obstruction easier so you can flush it away.
Hair, soap scum, and other objects build up in our drain systems over time, so it’s always wise to try and clean your drains regularly to prevent odors and improve the life of your plumbing system. Just try to avoid cleaning solutions with chemicals. The chemicals found in store cleaning products can cause the pipes to corrode and increase the risk of leaks— plus, you never know if the chemicals could have a potentially dangerous reaction to other things found in your plumbing system. A homemade solution of baking soda and vinegar can dissolve minor clog problems and creates less damage to your drains.
If the problem looks to be too serious for a DIY project, your next best solution is calling a professional plumber. You never want to ignore a plumbing problem for too long or cause more damage to your plumbing system by trying to solve the issue yourself.
A trained and certified plumber will have all the necessary tools to do a thorough drain inspection to figure out the draining issue before a bigger problem arises. Express Sewer offers a variety of quality plumbing services— everything from hydro-jetting pipe cleaning to trenchless pipe lining. No job is too big or too small! Contact us today to receive a free estimate on your next plumbing job!