Our Ottawa plumbers tell you why your drain is slow and gurgling
If your water is draining slowly, or there’s a gurgling noise, you can be sure that there’s a problem with your drainage system. Most people ignore the gurgling noise and end up with slow drainage and severely clogged pipes later on. At John The Plumber, we always encourage our clients to handle the problem of gurgling drains immediately. Here’s what you need to know about them.
The most common reason behind slow drainage and gurgling pipes is a blocked drain. Drains tend to collect a lot of debris, especially if you’re careless. Hair, soap particles, old skin, and other such debris can accumulate and choke the drains.
You can avoid this by adding a small filter to the drain that wouldn’t allow debris to enter the system. You can clean out the filter regularly. If your drain is already choked, all you need to do is clear it and the slow drainage and gurgling will disappear. If the problem occurs often, you should call in a plumber to help.
A blocked vent can also be a common cause of gurgling. The vent is connected to all of your main drainage lines and it draws gas away from the pipes and lets it out of the roof. If the vent is blocked, the gas and air trapped inside has no place to escape and will head towards the drain, causing the gurgle to happen.
If the vent is blocked, you shouldn’t attempt to unblock it yourself. As the vent is on the roof, unblocking it yourself could be dangerous. It’s a much better idea to call in the professionals to help you solve the problem.
The Main Vent
If there’s a blockage in the main vent, it’s likely that even your toilet and bathtub drains are gurgling. In this case, you need to remove the blockage in the main vent. If you don’t do it immediately, there’s a chance that the vacuum created would suck all the water in the sink trap. That’s a big problem and you won’t be able to use your toilet or bathtub until it’s addressed. It’s better to repair the block in the main vent as quickly as possible.
If you want to know more about noisy pipes or our services, don’t hesitate to contact us at John The Plumber. Along with expert advice, you’ll also get the best plumbing warranty of 2 years! Just fill in this contact us form or give us a call at 613 227 7465.
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