Late one night my toilet started talking to me. No one had been in the bathroom, no one had flushed it for several hours and yet there it was sputtering and gurgling and coughing and carrying on. Not at me directly, and no, I do not need to seek any mental professional help, but one thing is for sure, it was talking and I was listening. None of us want to have problems with our commodes. They may be, after all, the most consistently used appliance of any home.
So, what was my toilet telling me and what may yours be telling you?
It’s got a Buildup Problem
Sediment buildup is when iron, calcium or magnesium in your water causes the tanks equipment or water lines to get clogged. Spitting, spurting and gurgling are never good noises, I don’t care where they are coming from, so if this is what your toilet is doing you, need to use a good scrub brush and some bleach on the inside of your tank. If you notice something that looks like red-orange fur inside your toilet tank, you are probably going to have to replace the water inlet lines from your house to your tank. Call for help.
We all know trapped air can make all sorts of unpleasant sounds and air in your plumbing lines is no different. To remove air from your homes water lines just turn on all the faucets in your house at once and let them run until the water runs smoothly out of all of them. I know this may sound like an enormous waste of water, but if you want the gurgling and bubbling noises to stop, this is what must be done. If this is a recurring problem, you need to check for a leak somewhere in your house or call a professional to help.
It’s all Backed Up
Clogged toilets make a lot of gurgling and bubbling sounds just like gassy toilets, but in order to fix a clogged toilet, you need to use a plunger. Usually, you can visually tell that a clogged toilet is your problem. If your typical plunging action doesn’t knock the clog loose, you will need to call a professional.
It’s Breaking Down
Most people are surprised that there are parts in their toilets that need to be replaced. There are all kinds of little parts that could be faulty or not working properly that your make your potty sound like it is about to fall apart. There are universal replacement kits for toilets at your local hardware store and you may be able to handle the switch over with no trouble at all.
If you are not sure what your toilet is saying to you when it starts making noises, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 and will we translate for you.