It’s not uncommon to see bubbles in your bathroom. Of course, they’re usually confined to the tub or maybe even the sink. But if you notice bubbles coming up from your toilet bowl, it might make you to raise an eyebrow.
Once you recover from the initial shock, it’s important to narrow down the cause of this phenomenon. The bubbles could a minor issue or they could be a sign of a larger plumbing problem somewhere in your home. Here are three areas to investigate.
- Check other plumbing fixtures and appliances that use water. Try to find out if the bubbling toilet is a single occurrence or if there is sign of trouble in other places around your house. Specifically, look to see if sinks and tubs are draining properly or if other toilets are bubbling, too. Also, notice if the bubbles show up at the same time that certain appliances are running such as the washing machine or dishwasher.
- Look for signs of a pipe leak. If there’s a pipe somewhere in your home that has a crack or small hole, air could be getting into your plumbing, traveling through the pipes, and releasing as bubbles in your toilet. Look for signs of water stains on walls, ceiling, and floors, and be aware of any unexplained damp or musty smells.
- Check the plumbing air vents. For this step, you’ll need to venture out on the roof your house. Only attempt this step is you feel safe and confident. Find the plumbing vent pipes and make sure they’re free of leaves, nests, garbage, or any other debris.
If the vent pipes are blocked, the sewer gasses that are trying to escape upward and outside will be forced back down into your plumbing. This could explain the bubbling toilet.
You may be surprised to learn that bubbles in the toilet bowl are a fairly common plumbing issue. We promise we won’t laugh at you when you tell us what’s happening. But unless you can pinpoint and address the cause on your own, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional plumbing to take a look and prevent the underlying issue from getting worse.
At Reichelt Plumbing, we pride ourselves on providing trustworthy, affordable plumbing services to the Schererville, IN and surrounding area. To schedule an appointment, call our team at (219) 322-4906.