Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-09-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 12
Share |
Question

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


Thanks to some help from previous posts, I have replaced the hot & cold shut off valves, and installed the small bathroom sink/vanity sucessfully (no drips!).

My issue is this:
We live in a four level back split, and the night that we removed the old sink we had a friend come over to remove the old valves with his blow torch. We'd shut off the water supply to the house, he removed the old shut offs and then we attached new valves with the "shark bite" type (no flack here, please). For the time being, we plugged the old drain pipe into the wall with a rag to prevent sewer gasses from coming in - while we worked over the next few days to replace all the parts necessary.

That night, I went into our basement laundry room (one floor beneath the then removed sink), and the floor drain in the laundry room was making a funny gurgling noise - as was the drain in the wash tub in the laundry room. It couldn't be heard anywhere else in the home, and had never been heard before in these drains.

I assumed that it had started because there was no longer a p-trap sealing the line to the bathroom sink - maybe it was pulling air in? I don't know. What I do know, is that I hoped that once I had the new sink/faucet/p-trap functional, that the noise would have stopped.

It hasn't.

I am hoping that the noise is benign - and that it isn't a serious issue I can live with gurgles - if I know they are harmless .

Anyone have any ideas?

frozenmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Rosedale,Md
Posts: 168
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


More that likely you have a partial stoppage in the line that the floor drain and laundry is connected to, something needs to be rodded out.

braindead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2010, 06:03 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 12
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


My first thought was "gurgles in the pipes = blockage". I suppose I just don't understand why it had never happend before that sink was off, but the moment that thing was removed - the gurgles started.
frozenmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2010, 08:08 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 12
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


I'm bumping this up and adding a little more information, incase anyone else has a new idea.

While down in my basement last night, I decided to put the stopper in the laundry washtub. I did, but I could still hear the gurgles coming from the sink.

It dawned on me that the noise wasn't coming out of the drain, but out of the actual faucet. When I plugged my tumb over the end of the faucet, the noise stopped -as did the noise from the floor drain. As soon as I pulled my thumb off the spout, the noise started again in the drain. It's almost like the faucet is sucking in air - is that even possible?
Still confused!
frozenmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2010, 11:12 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 483
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


Quote:
Originally Posted by frozenmama View Post
I'm bumping this up and adding a little more information, incase anyone else has a new idea.

While down in my basement last night, I decided to put the stopper in the laundry washtub. I did, but I could still hear the gurgles coming from the sink.

It dawned on me that the noise wasn't coming out of the drain, but out of the actual faucet. When I plugged my tumb over the end of the faucet, the noise stopped -as did the noise from the floor drain. As soon as I pulled my thumb off the spout, the noise started again in the drain. It's almost like the faucet is sucking in air - is that even possible?
Still confused!
Ishmael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 08:32 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


frozenmama, did you ever find a solution to this problem. My basement drain/faucet is doing the same thing.
oyam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 01:07 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 12
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


Does your faucet have a small brass pipe coming off of it at some point underneath that feeds back into the drainage? Mine did.
The noise stopped when I yanked out the laundry room sink and crimped off that little brass pipe. I have no idea what the little pipe did (other than gurgle) - it was very small diameter, maybe 1/4" to 1/2".
frozenmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2011, 02:18 PM   #8
Thread killer
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 273
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


Quote:
Originally Posted by frozenmama View Post
Does your faucet have a small brass pipe coming off of it at some point underneath that feeds back into the drainage? Mine did.
The noise stopped when I yanked out the laundry room sink and crimped off that little brass pipe. I have no idea what the little pipe did (other than gurgle) - it was very small diameter, maybe 1/4" to 1/2".
That was the trap primer line you pinched off. Not a big deal, but you need to pour some water down your floor drains if they dry out and start to smell. There is a blockage somewhere thats keeping the drains from venting properly, thats why its gurgling

Last edited by Canucker; 12-08-2011 at 02:19 PM. Reason: additional info
Canucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 08:55 PM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


found it. The hot and cold taps were by-passing and a small amount of water was going through the primer line to the drain.
oyam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2012, 07:06 AM   #10
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


Wow I have the same problem now! I had a guy come in to fix the washer and another guy come in to fix our hot water tank now my laundry room basin faucet gurgles like crazy! I can duct tape it off to quiet it but that can't be a good idea i'm sure lol and when i do the the drain in the floor starts to gurgle..at first i thought it was a loose tap so i tightened them..nope..still gurglin..I got nothin...I don't really have any pipes to clog I don't think..a little clear ( slightly yellowy) tube under the cold water side that i suspect goes to the drain maybe...it seems find..nothing has changed from before when it was all quiet...thoughts?
newbie74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #11
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3
Default

Why is there a gurgle from my basement drain?


newbie74

The gurgle is caused by water going into the floor drain. When the floor drain empties it "gurgles". Mine was the tube running from the laundry tub faucet. It was hard to tell but a little bit of water was by-passing the faucet and into the tube which connects to the drain. I suspect the same with yours or there is water by-passing some other place that connects to the floor drain.

oyam is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Laminate on basement floor, but there is a drain there nag Flooring 6 06-10-2010 08:59 PM
basement still leaking AFTER doing tile/gravel drain annie68164 Building & Construction 2 03-12-2010 07:22 AM
toilet drain is too close to the wall in the basement Kirock17 Plumbing 15 02-24-2010 07:07 AM
Backed up basement floor drain billvasko Plumbing 2 02-06-2008 01:09 PM
How to drain a utility sink that is in basement? Mikey Palmice Plumbing 40 01-28-2008 09:11 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.