Gurgling Drains? What Does that Mean?

When you’re doing your laundry or running the dishwasher, do you ever hear your drains gurgling or making a “bubbling” sound? If so, you might want to have it looked at as that is not a normal sound for your plumbing to make.

Why is My Plumbing Gurgling?

There are a number of reasons as to why your plumbing could be making that bubbling, gurgling sound, but they all come back to the main reason, which is that your drains are running slow.

Blocked Drains and Pipes

If you’re hearing these noises, your drains could be infiltrated with roots or clogged by other debris that needs to be removed.


If you don’t have a proper vent on your system, it will absolutely create some back pressure, which will cause the bubbling.

Pipe Sizing

Proper pipe sizing is essential for your plumbing, and if you’re hearing those sounds, it might be due to improper pipe sizes. This is often a result of a DIY project, which is why we always suggest calling a professional when you have plumbing work that needs to be done.

Is Gurgling Bad?

The gurgling is not really a good thing. You’re essentially pushing the air out of the trap. So, you’re kind of pushing some sewer gas into the house. This is not necessarily dangerous, but it can lead to some issues down the road like a busted pipe or backup of water on the floor.

Learn More About Reliable Drain

If you are interested in learning more about how Reliable Drain can help you get your plumbing from gurgling, contact us today!

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