Why is My Toilet Bubbling?

Have you ever heard your toilet making strange sounds and look in to see bubbles coming up through your toilet?  This is usually a sign that your pipes are not draining properly and a backup in your septic system may occur soon.  There are a few things you can check by yourself before calling a plumber.

First, Check the air vent on top of your roof.  If a bird has built a nest or something is covering the hole it will not allow the sewer gases to vent properly and will cause them to find other options of escape.

Second, There may be a clog in your plumbing system.  Try to run water down various drains and flush the toilets to see if there is one drain that is draining slower than the others.  Also, watch to see if the toilet bubbles when a specific part of the system is used.  For example, when the washing machine is used does it cause the toilet to bubble.

Third, Buildup in the plumbing pipes, such as from soap scum, could also restrict free flow and cause the toilet to bubble.  Bubbling can also be caused by a pipe that is too small, has a leak, or is not angled correctly.

After checking all possible problems, if you are unable to fix it yourself there are additional solutions.

Calling a plumber.  A professional plumber will be able to snake out your plumbing lines and hopefully clear out any clogs.

Call a sewer professional to pump out your tank.  If it has been about 5 years since you moved into this house or someone else has pumped the system, there is a strong possibility that your septic tank is full and will need to be pumped out.

Call a septic system contractor.  If there are not clogs, the septic drain fields may be old and no longer functioning correctly.  If this is the case you will also have other signs of system failure, like a smelly liquid seeping onto the ground.  In this case replacing the entire field line area is the only solution you will have.

We are experts at replacing drain field lines and are willing to come look at your problems to see if they well need to be replaced.  Call us today for your free estimate.