Talking Toilets: 4 Audible Signs That You May Have A Sewer Line Problem

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Talking Toilets: 4 Audible Signs That You May Have A Sewer Line Problem

26 October 2016
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Sometimes when you're going to the bathroom, it may seem like there is someone else in there with you. What you first thought was a ghost or spirit may actually just be a random noise coming from your toilets. While the sounds of flushing and filling are common, there are some toilet noises that you should pay attention to. The abnormal sounds that come from your toilet are some of the first signs of a sewer line issue. Being able to hear them and diagnose them early can help prevent major damage to sewage pipes. It can also help prevent flooding in your home or yard. Use this guide to diagnose some of the toilet sounds that you might hear. This will help you inform a plumber about the potential problem and get it fixed as soon as possible.

Toilet Tank Gurgling

When you hear the toilet gurgling, it typically means that there is some type of drainage issue going on. As the toilet water goes down through the drainage pipes, there may be a leak or crack that is allowing air into the sewer pipes. As the air flows up the pipes, it will cause the tank to gurgle while the water tries to push past. A loud gurgling can mean that there are several pipe problems in the sewer line. In most cases you will hear the gurgling when the toilet is initially flushed. If you are hearing the gurgling when the toilet is not in use, then there may be a bigger issue with your sewage lines. A plumber can inspect the lines and run tests to fine the exact cause of the gurgling.

Slow Drip

The sound of a dripping toilet tank can be tedious and annoying. You may find that there is a slow drip coming from inside the tank or that the toilet is slowly draining out. If you hear the drip-drop sound for extended periods of time, then you should look at the toilet water level. If the level is lower than it's supposed to be, then there may be a leak in your sewer lines. Ground pressure or tree roots can easily cause damage and force the pipes to burst or crack. If this is the case, then extra water may be slowly leaking out through the pipes.

Sucking Drains

When there is a limited opening in your sewer lines, it might sound like a loud sucking is coming from the drainage pipes. If this is the case, then the blockage needs to get cleared so that the toilet can flush properly and floods can be prevented. The sound is similar to sucking the bottom of a drink through a straw. As the problem worsens in your bathroom, it will only create bigger issues. You may also notice that it is harder to flush the toilet sometimes. You may have to hold the handle for a few seconds before the loud sucking takes place. You can always record the noise and send it to a plumber to get their opinion before having them come in for repairs.

Quiet Flushing

Sometimes no noise in your bathroom is not good noise. Your toilet may flush so slowly that you barely see the water going down. The tank may fill with water and create noise, but the drainage area itself my have a tough time pushing everything down. If this is the case, then you may have a major blockage in the sewer lines. A plumber may have to use a toilet auger to release the clogs. Also referred to as a "plumber's snake," the device can extend downward to find the exact location where the clog is. This will help prevent larger clogs from forming in your lines.

If your toilet sounds unusual, then it probably is. Contact a plumber who specializes in sewer line repair to make an appointment and have a full inspection scheduled.