Toilet gurgling or bubbling


Reasons why the toilet is gurgling or bubbling

If your toilet is talking, it is most likely that something is wrong. A gurgling or bubbling toilet is a symptom of a more serious issue such as a blocked sewer pipe. If this is the case, you may also notice other concerns such as a slow draining toilet, shower or sink, or a bad odour coming from the drain. This will depend where in the line the blockage is. If other symptoms have not yet begun to show, it is only a matter of time before they will.



Tree roots can cause toilets to become blocked. They get in to the pipes thorugh aloose crack or joint and thrive on the nutrients in the moist pipes and ground.


When to call a plumber

It is easy to ignore this problem and hope it sorts itself out. Unfortunately in most cases, the blockage becomes like a snowball in the pipes, picking up and snagging more waste each day. Once it gets to this stage, the toilet will not function properly at all, which means waste water may spill over onto your bathroom floor, allowing germs and bacteria to enter the house.


When tree roots damage sewerage pipes

If tree roots are the cause of the blockage, the pipe will most likely be broken. When the pipes are full and leaking into the ground, it will contaminate the surrounding soil and make it moist, wet and mouldy. Termites are very attracted to dampness, and you can also be left with a bad smell. If you have kids, it may also cause them harm through contamination when they play outside. So it’s best to call a professional plumber before it gets to this stage to ensure the toilet is always functioning and you have a clean, healthy home.