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How Serious Is This Problem With My Toilet?

If you have noticed lately that your toilet is making some strange noises or even has bubbles coming up to the surface inside of the bowl, you might be a little concerned.

And, we don’t blame you. After all, your toilet is connected to your sewer line and if you have a septic system you might be facing a back-up soon that could cause some serious mess and expense for you and your family.

Luckily, there are some things that you can do to triage the problem before you really start to stress out. Here are just a few simple checks that you can do to find out how serious your toilet problem is:

  • The first thing is to check the air vent on top of your roof. This is an especially good one to check this time of year because debris and leaves can easily collect in there with the storms and high winds. Plus, if there is a rodent or bird nest blocking the flow, then sewer gasses cannot effectively escape and they will need to get out somehow – up through your toilet is the most common way.
  • Next, you should investigate to see if there is a clog in your plumbing system. Flush all of the toilets in your home and run water in the sinks, bathtubs, and showers. If there is a clog in the system, then the other fixtures will also act funny. Also, see if you can narrow down when the bubbles in your toilet happen the most often. For instance, does it only happen when your dishwashing is going?
  • Finally, there might be a build-up of soap scum, grease, and other corrosion on the inside of the pipes. When this happens, it narrows the circumference of the pipes and limits the amount of water and material that can move through. This can cause air pockets and trapped gas.

Other causes of bubbling in the toilet are pipes that are too small, leaking or cracked, and shifting. During this time of year, many of these are common because of the cold weather and the expansion and contraction of the Earth that your pipes sit in.