Why is my toilet gurgling?

A gurgling toilet is not a sign that it is about to explode so don’t panic.  It is a very common drainage problem that we deal with all of the time.

Typically a gurgling sound in your toilet comes just after you have flushed the toilet.  It is a clear sign that there is a problem with the drainage system connected to the toilet and it needs to be dealt with.

Is a toilet issue not a plumbers job?

The easiest way to think of it is this.  All the water that flows into your home is plumbing.  So the pipes that connect water to the bath, a leaking tap and if the toilet doesn’t flush.  But all the waste water that leaves your home is drainage.

And that is our speciality.

Now a gurgling toilet can often be fixed by yourself using good old DIY methods.  But if the problem either doesn’t go away or comes back quite quickly afterwards then you need to call your local drainage experts JSL.

So what causes a gurgling gargling toilet?

A gurgling toilet is because there is a blockage in the drain system.  It stops the air flowing through the drain pipe and instead pushes it backwards – and that is what causes the gurgling and gargling noises.

There are a few possible reasons for this:

  • A traditional blockage in the drain pipe caused by sanitary wipes or other blockages.
  • The drain vent pipe is blocked
  • There is a problem with the homes main drainage pipe line.
  • What we do to fix the problem

If the blockage is close to the toilet then we can simply plunge the toilet with the plunger (using a proper commercial grade plunger).  If this doesn’t fix the problem then we can jet blast the pipe to clear blockages further down the drain then use CCTV so inspect the pipe and confirm that the drain has been properly cleared.

If the problem is caused because of the vent pipe that has become blocked or clogged then we need to clear that and possibly install a vent terminal to stop it happening again.

If the main drain pipe is causing the issue then it may have to be dealt with by the local water authority but we can advise on this once we have diagnosed the problem.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our drainage work and how we go about fixing a gurgling toilet then call us today.

Where we cover:

G1, G2, G4 City Centre | G3 Finnieston, Kelvingrove, Woodlands, Park Circus | G5 Gorbals, New Gorbals | G11 Broomhill, Thornwood, Partick | G12 Hyndland, Hillhead, Kelvinside, Kelvindale | G13 Knightswood, Anniesland | G14 Jordanhill, Yoker, Scotstoun | G15 Drumchapel | G20 Firhill, Kelvinside, Maryhill | G31 East End, Dennistoun, Alexandra Park | G32 Tollcross, Mount Vernon | G33 Stepps | G40 East End, Bridgeton | G41 Pollockshields | G42 Govanhill, Queens Park | G43 Shawlands | G44 Cathcart, Croftfoot | G45 Castlemilk | G46 Giffnock | G51 Govan | G52 Hillington | G53 Silverburn, Darnley | G60 Bowling, Old Kilpatrick | G61 Bearsden | G62 Milngavie | G63 Balfron, Strathblane, Kilearn, Blanefield | G64 Bishopbriggs, Torrance, Balmore | G65 Kilsyth | G66 Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown | G67, G68 Cumbernauld | G69 Moodiesburn, Baillieston | G71 Uddingston, Bothwell | G72 Blantyre, Cambuslang | G73 Rutherglen | G74, G75 East Kilbride | G76 Clarkston | G77 Newton Mearns | G78 Barrhead, Neilston | G81 Clydebank | G82 Dunbarton | G83 Balloch, Alexandria | G84 Helensburgh | ML1 Motherwell | ML2 Wishaw, Newmains | ML3 Hamilton, Ferniegair, Quarter, South Lanarkshire, Limekilnburn | ML4 Bellshill | ML5 Coatbridge | ML6 Airdrie | ML8 Carluke | ML9 Larkhall | PA1, PA2, PA3 Paisley | PA4 Renfrew | PA5 Johnstone | PA7 Bishopton | PA8 Erskine | PA11 Bridge of Weir | PA13 Kilmacolm | PA14 Langbank |

Call us today for all your blocked drain services in Glasgow: 0141 406 1658

JSL Drainage Glasgow

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