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Old 01-29-2016, 02:32 PM   #1
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Gurgling sound from bathroom drains


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In our full bath (sink, toilet, tub/shower combo, and laundry), in the last couple days we have noticed a peculiar occurrence.

When one of us is showering, the toilet makes a gurgling sound. While the wife was in the shower, I looked in the bowl and there were air bubbles coming up from the drain. She commented yesterday that the water level in the toilet seemed lower than normal after she showered.

When the toilet is flushed, a similar gurgling sound can be heard behind the washing machine.

Could this be something as simple as a partial clog down the drain line? Or might it be some kind of suction from a clogged vent?

Has anyone experienced this sort of thing before?

I thank you in advance for any information forthcoming.
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Old 01-29-2016, 02:46 PM   #2
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do you have a septic system or public sewers?
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Public sewers.
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sounds like a partial main line stoppage...
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Yes its possible.

Possibly a parcially clogged vent or main line. Check traps for blockage first. Bathrooms are notorious for hair clogs.
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Quick update. Wife just told me that when she was in the shower, the drain in there began to back up, then drained quickly. Hopefully that means it was something in the drain and not the vent.
I'll play with electricity, have done some minor plumbing, a bit of rough carpentry, but prefer to do things that don't take me up too high off the ground.
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Last couple posts came in whilst I was composing my update. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry, it is appreciated.
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Sounds like a partially blocked main line.
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you don't have any of your plumbing draining into a sump/ejector pump, do you?
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No, nothing like that. At least not that I am aware of.
Basements aren't common down here in Texas, and I didn't see anything like that when I spent the day in the crawlspace a piece back.
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You probably have a vent problem. I have the same problem in my basement bath when the toilet is flushed I get gurgle from the sink. I'm gonna try an air admittance vent.
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vent problems dont just happen, they exist from the beginning ..I doubt a squirrel crawled down the vent pipe and died blocking all the venting....see if you are getting water out the fresh air plate by the house trap. if you can open the house trap, take a look inside..
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vent problems dont just happen, they exist from the beginning ..I doubt a squirrel crawled down the vent pipe and died blocking all the venting....see if you are getting water out the fresh air plate by the house trap. if you can open the house trap, take a look inside..
I doubt Texas has house traps.

Your problem sounds like a blockage in the sewer or building drain.
If you don't feel comfortable using a sewer auger, I suggest you hire a locally owned drain cleaner to clean your line.
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I doubt Texas has house traps.

Your problem sounds like a blockage in the sewer or building drain.
If you don't feel comfortable using a sewer auger, I suggest you hire a locally owned drain cleaner to clean your line.
wow,no house traps... thats gots sux if you drop your ring down the drain...lol
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Usually if that happens, we just get it out of the p trap for the sink. Never had it happen at home, but when I ran a bar years back a customer dropped her ring in the ladies room sink. Got it out for her in about 5 minutes.
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