Toilet is gurgling...what should i do?

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by tm311, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. tm311

    tm311 New Member

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    I live in a new house built in the past 4 years, two story modular colonial. I have a septic tank and a shared leech field. I have had no problems at all up to this point. The past week I have heard and seen alot of gurgling in the first floor toilet. It seems to be only in the morning when my girls are upstairs showering. On a scale of 1-10, I would say its a 7 or 8 in terms of active water moving in the bowl. I am not a plumbker nor would I be comfortable going up on the second story roof to check the vent opening. Should I be calling a plumber? Whats going on here? Is it an indication I need to have my tank pumped out?
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  2. Sounds like a main drain clog that needs to be removed. The gurgling you hear is air displacement in the line when water reaches the clog.
  3. tm311

    tm311 New Member

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    Thanks for the response, Is this something I can do myself? Plunger? Snake? How do I find this clog?
  4. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

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    clog?

    Find the septic and look in the access (where they pump it out from).
    Could be in need of pumping or the outlet could be plugged.
    The field could be plugged or saturated.
    Not likely that the sewer should be plugged unless its related to a bad septic situation.
    Not being able to see the set-up, I say find the top lid on the tank and inspect the tank. Flush toilets and run a lot of water.
    The level of liquid in the tank should not rise.
    If its hard to locate and you've found it, mark it real good so you can locate it next time.
  5. tm311

    tm311 New Member

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    are we talking about the actual septic tank under ground, or the large white PVC pipe that runs to it from my basement? I do have access to that pipe. 3 days ago while it was gurgling I flushed it and it would not flush and nearly overflowed. I do not think it has gurgled since I gave it the old plunger to allow the water to flush. I has never backed up before, only this one time I flushed it when it was gurgling.
  6. Contact a drain cleaner to resolve this problem; a plunger only addresses localized clogs and the snake is only effective when trained hands are using it.
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    plumber1 Plumber

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    septic tank

    the actual tank outside under ground.........
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