What’s That Sound? 4 Things To Do When Your Toilet Talks Back

If your toilet has been talking back to you lately, gurgling and burping when you flush, you might not need to call the plumber right away. Most toilet problems that are associated with strange sounds are usually simple fixes. Here are four steps you can take to stop your toilet from rumbling and grumbling.

Check for Clogs

If your toilet is still flushing, clogged drains might not have come to your mind. However, while small clogs won't stop your toilets from flushing, they will cause strange noises. That's because the water and waste is having to squeeze through a smaller space. If you're hearing rumblings when you flush the toilet, check for clogs. First, use your plunger to remove as much of the clog as possible. Next, pour about one cup of baking soda, and two cups of vinegar into your toilet bowl. Let your toilet rest overnight before flushing. The foaming action should clear the clog. 

Clear the Air

If you're hearing high-pitched squealing or clanking when you flush the toilet, you might have air in the lines. While the air won't harm your plumbing, it will create a bothersome sound. You can get the air out of the lines by flushing all your drains. Turn all the water on throughout your house. Allow the water to run for several minutes. You should hear the noises coming from your drains. Once you no longer hear the sputtering, squealing, or clanking, turn the faucets off, one-by-one. If you continue to experience air in the lines, you'll need to call a plumber. You may have a leaky pipe somewhere in your house.

Clean the Tank

If your toilet is slow to fill after you flush, and you notice bubbling sounds coming from the tank, you could have a clog between the tank and the bowl. This is particularly true if you have hard water in your home. Hard water deposits can build up inside the tank. When that happens, the tubes and fill valves can get clogged. You can fix the problem by scrubbing the inside of your tank with a wire brush, and replacing the inlet lines to your toilet.

Call the Pros

If you've taken care of all the issues described above, and your toilets are still talking back to you, it's time to call in the professionals. You may have an issue that lies deeper into the drain system of your home. A plumber will be able to clear the problem, and get rid of the noises.