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Why are my Drains Gurgling?

One of our plumbers removes the end of this cast-iron sewer line, buried under the yard of a local home.

A drain that is making unusual noises is usually caused when there is something that is preventing water and air to flow through your plumbing.

You go to wash your hands in your Buffalo, NY sink and all the sudden, your sink starts talking to you. While you may be used to technology throughout your home that you can talk to and it talks back, your kitchen sink is likely not one of them. You are probably wondering, “Why are my drains gurgling?”

Why are my Drains Gurgling?

A drain that is making unusual noises is usually caused when there is something that is preventing water and air to flow through your plumbing. A gurgling drain usually indicates a partial clog, but could be an indication of a larger blockage further down your plumbing and a sign that it’s time to have your drains cleaned.

Your sink, toilet, shower, and other plumbing fixtures can all start to gurgle. The real question is, why are they gurgling?

Blocked Drain: A drain that has a blockage, either fully or partially, can be the cause of your plumbing having a conversation with you. Typically, a fully clogged drain will not drain all together, so that type of block is less likely to create noises. A talking drain usually is accompanied by slow draining water and is a key indicator that you have a backup and blockage in your plumbing. Blocked drains can be caused by numerous things that have built up in your pipes over time: hair, food, grease, soap residue, etc.

Obstructed Sewer Line: A sewer line clog is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. If your drains are gurgling, this could be a sign that there are issues with your sewer line. The sewer line is a large pipe that carries all the wastewater from every drain in your Buffalo home to the main sewer line in your street or yard. The sewer line is a crucial part of your home’s plumbing system and if there is a blockage, all the drains in your home will be affected. A blocked sewer line is usually caused by situations outside of your control, such as: tree roots, citywide sewer issues, broken pipes, etc.

Congested Plumbing Vents: If your drains are gurgling, it could be due to issues with your plumbing vents. Plumbing vents allow air to enter a plumbing system to maintain proper air pressure to enable the removal of sewage from your home. Plumbing vents are connected to all plumbing fixtures in your house. If your plumbing vents are blocked, it can cause your drains to make undesirable noises. An unpleasant odor coming from your pipes could be an indication that your plumbing vents have a blockage.

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If you have drains gurgling, you should contact a plumbing professional. This is usually an indication of a large issue and it is best to have it resolved by an expert before the problem becomes larger and your drains start backing up or overflowing.

Reimer is your locally trusted plumber in Buffalo and Western New York. Our full-service plumbing team is ready to help with whatever your home needs, including stopping your drains from talking back to you.

Our Buffalo plumbers are available 24/7 to help you and your home. We provide upfront estimates and we don’t charge you anything extra for service on nights or weekends.

When you need a plumber, don’t hesitate to call or contact us online.