Talking About Plumbing Services

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Talking About Plumbing Services

Hello, my name is Isaac Woldile. I am going to use this site to talk about plumber services of all kinds. Plumbers keep the unseen components in perfect condition to prevent catastrophic failures. When the plumbing fails, the results can be so bad that they drive you out of your home. When the sewer lines backed up in my home, the sheer amount of water and sewage flowing into my home was astonishing. I was displaced for months as workers attempted to clean it all up. From that point on, I proactively called in plumbers at the slightest hint of a problem. I will detail signs and symptoms that indicate the need of a plumber. I will also talk about techniques and tools plumbers used to make the repairs. Thanks for visiting.

How to Fix a Gurgling Toilet

If your toilet makes gurgling noises, it should be diagnosed as soon as possible When the system runs smoothly, the air freely flows through the pipes to efficiently remove waste.

Gurgling indicates an issue with negative air pressure, which forces air back through pipes into the toilet. This could be the result of a blockage or some other issues. Follow these steps to troubleshoot and repair the gurgling.

Check the Fill Valve and Tank Equipment

Malfunctioned parts inside the toilet can cause the gurgling and bubbling noises. Remove the tank lid and set it on a heavy towel or blanket. 

Flush the toilet and watch for bubbles around the fill tube, the larger pipe in the middle of the tank. Get the fill tube replaced if you notice bubbling or gurgling around it. Replace damaged flappers and floats.

Unclog the Drain Line

Cover drains in all tubs or sinks with duct tape or masking tape, or the water could back up through other drains. Attempt to unclog the drain line with a plunger positioned over the bowl opening using ten to fifteen rapid pumping motions. This should help dislodge small clogs or objects stuck in the pipes.  

If the plunger doesn't work, try unclogging the drain using a toilet auger, or snake, which is a long, flexible wire with teeth. Insert the end of the auger into the toilet hole and keep unwinding it until you hit a blockage, then pull it back up to remove the object. 

If the standard auger doesn't work, rent a motorized model from a home improvement center. Find the sewer clean-out plug, or remove the toilet from the base by detaching the bolts, and gently set the toilet on a soft surface. Insert the auger into the drain pipe or plug, and attempt to remove the blockage.

Clean the Plumbing Vent

The plumbing vent is a black pipe on top of the roof that removes sewer gases. If you don't mind heights, set a ladder to access the roof, and use a ladder stabilizer or an assistant to hold it for you. Get the assistant to watch the toilet for you, after you remove blockages.

Wear plastic gloves and carry a flashlight, nylon string, garden hose, and a yardstick with you. Secure the flashlight to the string, and lower the flashlight in the vent pipe opening. 

If you see an obstruction near the top, remove it by hand, using the yardstick to dislodge the blockage, or run a hose pipe on full pressure down the vent to remove heavier blockages. If that doesn't help, run an auger down the vent or hire a professional who offers plumbing services.