Unless your garbage disposal is running, your kitchen sink should not be making any unusual or loud noises. If you are hearing gurgling sounds from your kitchen sink, then it is time to investigate the plumbing. Your friends here at Rooter Hero Plumbing are always ready to help, so we have put together this article on some ways to fix that bothersome noise. This noise is often a symptom of a problem, so do not ignore it. If you prefer to have a qualified plumber take care of the issue, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule an appointment. Our plumbers might even be able to come out as soon as within the hour for emergency situations.
Local or Universal Gurgling?
Before we start fixing the issue, let’s try and diagnose the situation. First, find out whether it is only the kitchen sink that is making the noise, or whether there is something affecting all of the drains.
Run some water in the bathroom sinks and the tub. If these are also making gurgling sounds, then you might have a more general plumbing problem. It might be that the plumbing vent is clogged. This vent is usually on the roof of the home. It can also be that the sewer line is clogged. A blocked sewer line is something you might have to leave to an experienced and equipped plumber.
If the noise is only coming from the kitchen sink, then you might be able to resolve the issue on your own.
Check the P-trap
If the gurgling noise is only coming from the kitchen sink, then you likely have a clog in the drains. Unclogging the kitchen sink drain is fairly simple. Let’s start with the P-trap.
The P-trap is a curved part of the drainpipe usually found under the sink. This component holds a small amount of water in the u-shaped section which prevents sewer gases from escaping the drains and entering the living space. This is also a place especially susceptible to clogs. Even a partial clog in the P-trap can disrupt drainage and cause gurgling sounds. Fortunately, accessing the P-trap is simple. In many cases, you can remove the P-trap to remove blockages, or you may need to use a drain snake to clear out the debris.
Clogs that are deeper down the drain will call for more sophisticated tools, though a drain auger might be enough. We do not recommend you use chemical drain cleaners, however, as these contain harsh chemicals that can damage your drains and cause leaks.
The aforementioned methods will surely get the gurgling sound to go away, but the noises might return. If you want long-lasting relief from this inconvenience, then consider a professional drain cleaning. The plumbers at Rooter Hero Plumbing use hydro jetting technology to clear drains safely and thoroughly. We even use live video technology to confirm that the job is complete. Call Rooter Hero Plumbing today to schedule a flexible appointment or even request an emergency dispatch.