Why Is My Toilet Bubbling?
The toilet in any home can be a source of great relief. But if that toilet starts bubbling, though, relief can turn into stress. But stay calm! There is likely a simple explanation.
The Answer is Wet Venting
Since the early 20th century, plumbers have used a technique called ‘wet venting’ to make sure that sewer smells don’t come up from the drains of bathroom fixtures. Wet venting entails connecting multiple fixtures’ drain lines together so that they can vent through each other’s pipes. This means your toilet’s drain connects to a pipe, and your shower or sink connects to that same pipe, too. When there’s a clog in one, it could lead to improper venting, which can manifest as bubbling in your toilet.
How Do You Stop It?
Since a clog is the cause of the bubbling, then the solution is to unclog whatever drain the clog is lodged in. Unless you installed the plumbing yourself, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to tell just from looking at what other fixtures in your bathroom share a wet vent connection with your toilet. So even if it’s obvious which fixture is clogged, it may be best to systematically try to clear every drain in the bathroom.
If this hotfix doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to call in a professional to help troubleshoot. Look no further than Northern Indiana’s very own expert plumbers, Reichelt Plumbers. Schedule a call at (219) 322-4906.