The plumbing in your home is a complex system of pipes and fixtures that work together to provide you with water and also get rid of wastewater. Sometimes, you may notice that your plumbing is making strange noises. While the sound of draining or rushing water can be normal, gurgling or glugging noises coming from your sink can be a sign of a problem.
When you hear gurgling coming from your sink, it's important to take note of any other symptoms you may be experiencing. For example, are there also bubbles coming out of the drain? Is the water draining slower than usual?
If you're hearing gurgling coming from your sink, it's best to call in a professional to take a look. The team at Titan Plumbing and Electric has the experience and knowledge to diagnose the problem and get your plumbing back in working order. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
A Clog is Brewing
One common cause of gurgling plumbing is a blockage in the pipes. A clog is often the main reason for gurgling below your sink. This is because plumbing pipes are narrow and many items that cause clogs frequently find their way down the drains. A clog can be caused by anything from grease and hair buildup to objects that have been flushed down the toilet. Here is a list of some of the most common items that cause clogs:
- Grease and oil
- Food scraps
- Baby wipes (including "flushable wipes")
- Paper towels and other paper products (except toilet paper)
- Dental floss
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Feminine hygiene products
- Makeup pads
If you think you may have a clog, you can clear it with either a plunger or a manual plumber's snake. If you don't have either of these tools, if plunging and snaking don't do the trick, or if the clog is deep within your plumbing system, give us a call. We'll be happy to come out and take a look!
We do not recommend using chemical drain cleaners to clear a clog. They often contain corrosive chemicals like sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid. These harsh chemicals can damage your pipes, and they don't always work. They may also be harmful to your family and the plumber who comes to clear the clog when they fail to clear it. Whenever you are faced with a troublesome drain, don't use chemical cleaners, call a professional!
Titan Plumbing and Electric is here to help with all of your plumbing needs! Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.
A Venting Pipe Blockage
In order for your plumbing system to work properly, it needs to have proper ventilation. That is why your home's plumbing has a series of venting pipes that allow air to enter the system. These pipes help to equalize the pressure in the system, prevent a vacuum from forming in your drain pipes and also prevent foul smelling sewer gases from entering your home. This ventilation ensures that water and waste can flow freely through your pipes.
Your home's vent pipes are all connected to the main vent stack, which extends up through your roof. Since this pipe is exposed, it is susceptible to debris like leaves and twigs, bird nests, and dead animals. Other flying objects like baseballs, debris from severe weather, and even hail can also cause problems. If any of these things become lodged in your vent stack, it can block air from entering the system and cause a gurgling sound when you use your plumbing system.
If you think that your home's vent stack may be blocked, don't try to clear it yourself. This is a job for a professional. It involves going up on your roof, which can be dangerous. It also requires specialized equipment to clear the blockage. If you suspect that you have a blocked vent stack, give us a call. We'll send a qualified technician out to take a look and clear the blockage so that your plumbing system can function properly again. We have the tools and experience to unblock your vent stack quickly and safely.
Contact Us If You Hear Gurgling Underneath Your Sink
If you hear gurgling coming from your sink, it's best to call in a professional to take a look. The team at Titan Plumbing And Electric has the experience and knowledge to diagnose the problem and get your plumbing back in working order. Contact us today at (813) 680-2075 to schedule a consultation!