Your home's toilets should only make noises when you flush them. If you notice any noises when the toilets aren't being flushed then you should investigate, because it may indicate a larger plumbing problem. Thankfully, there are a few common reasons toilets make noises, and most are easily repaired. The first thing you need to determine is if your toilet's noise is coming from the toilet itself, the drain below it, or somewhere else in the plumbing.
Toilet Bowl and Tank Noises
While the porcelain part of a toilet can last for centuries, the mechanical parts in the tank do have a lifespan. And, if your home has hard water, then these parts will wear out much sooner than you might expect. If the parts in your toilet's tank are malfunctioning, then you will hear running water sounds, draining water sounds, hissing noises, or whistling noises. In addition, toilets with a leaking rubber flapper will randomly flush themselves.
To fix all mechanical problems, simply purchase a replacement kit at your hardware store and replace all of the toilet's moving parts. It's quick and simple to do and will improve the function of your toilet.
Gurgling in the Drain
If you hear gurgling noises coming from below the toilet's bowl, then this is a sign of either a clogged toilet drain or vent stack. To clear a clog, you can use a drain unclogging liquid or you can spend a few minutes plunging the toilet to see if you can eliminate the clog.
The vent stack is an access port on your roof where a professional plumber can pump out clogging material from drain pipes located inside of your home. Vent stacks for toilets often become clogged if large amounts of toilet paper or tissues are flushed. If plunging and a drain cleaner doesn't clear the clog, then you can safely assume it is in the vent stack and will need professional removal.
The Sewer Line Is Clogged or the Septic Tank Is Full
Toilet noises not caused by a clog or mechanical problem are indicative of a clogged sewer line or full septic tank. As a clogged line or full tank struggles with processing wastewater, they will slowly leak out water, and bubbling in the plumbing will make noises that can be heard near the toilet.
If your home's main sewer line is clogged with tree roots or toilet paper or if your septic tank is full, then you will need to contact a plumber or business that provides septic services like LP Murray for assistance.
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