If you are a homeowner, then you likely understand that toilet problems are a common concern and need some attention to remedy. However, not all issues are as easy to diagnose as a clogged toilet. If you have a toilet that bubbles, gurgles, and has an inconsistent level of water in the bowl, then you may be experiencing a toilet that is not vented properly. Keep reading to understand this problem and also how the issue can be remedied.
Toilet Venting Issues
All the waste lines in your home will be connected to a venting system. The venting system is an open piece of plumbing that typically runs up through the top of your roof. This open pipe will allow air to move into your waste system so it can be properly pressurized. As fluids move through your pipes, like when you flush your toilet, air is pulled into the drainage line to prevent a vacuum from forming. This allows the waste to move away from the home instead of remaining in the pipes for an extended period of time.
Drain vents also allow sewer gasses to release from the drain pipes safely, and they keep the waste system from pulling air out of the p-traps that may then release from your toilet or sink.
When a drain vent becomes clogged or stops working for some reason, then air will be pulled into the system wherever it can to regulate pressure properly. If the air is forced in through the toilet bowl, then you are likely to hear gurgling and bubbling noises.
How To Fix A Plumbing Vent Problem
If you notice your toilet gurgling and bubbling, then there is typically a clog in the vent that only allows a small amount of air into the waste system. You will need to clean out the clog, and you may be able to do this yourself if the clog is located close to the top vent opening.
Depending on the size of your home, you will have either one or two vents. Climb up on your roof and look for pipes that protrude up from the structure. Use a hose to flush these vents out with water. Use full water pressure to force leaves and other debris through the waste system. Check your toilet afterwards to see if the problem is resolved.
If you continue to notice venting issues, then you can use a regular drain snake to try to clear clogs. A top snake with a cable that is 25 feet will work well for your needs. This snake can release dead animals and compacted clogs. Test your toilet again after using the snake. If the clog removal does not work, then contact your local plumbing contractors to help locate the issue.