Ever brushed your teeth and noticed the water pooling in the sink? Even worse, have you noticed a weird gurgling sound when the water tries to drain? What is happening in your plumbing pipes?
There are two main reasons why the pipes below your sink could be gurgling. These are a blocked vent pipe or a clogged drain.
Clogged Drain Pipe
A lot of things go into the pipes of your home. In the bathroom, our hair, dead skin, and beauty products all wash down the drain. In the kitchen, we have to worry about food waste and grease. As bits of food go down the drain, grease congeals and can create severe obstructions.
When there is an obstruction in the pipe, it will cause a gurgling sound. This is your pipe’s way of “crying for help.” The best thing to do in this situation is either:
- use a plunger or a drain snake to dislodge the clog;
- or call a professional to clear the clog, especially if the blockage is deep in your plumbing.
Blocked Vent Pipe
This is a common cause behind gurgling when your sink has drained. Vent pipes allow sewage gas to escape your plumbing system to the outdoors, keeping your home odor-free.
Because these pipes run to the outside of your home, they are easily obstructed by natural debris. If you have a blocked vent pipe, the best solution is to have a licensed and insured plumber clear the pipe, especially because this will likely involve getting up on your roof to access the pipe opening. The plumber can clear your vent pipes properly and without causing damage.
What To Do
First, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid clogs in your home. For example, always make sure that each of your drains has a mesh catcher. These catchers will stop food debris and hair from collecting in your drains. Also, avoid pouring grease down your drains, as it will only worsen any existing clogs.
However, thoroughly cleaning your drains can be a difficult task. That’s why we at The Rooter Works Plumbing and Drains offer drain cleaning services and specials! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (614) 412-3324 or contact us online.