Dealing with a sink full of dishes left by the family can be frustrating, but when you’ve finally conquered the pile and the sink gurgles back at you, it can be downright maddening! Ever wondered why your kitchen drain is making those mysterious noises? Let’s explore what’s causing it and how you can put an end to the gurgling once and for all.
The kitchen sink drain probably gets used more than all the other sinks in your house combined. Even without a garbage disposal, it’s the final destination for a significant amount of food residue from plates and the unfortunate rinsing of greasy frying pans. Over time, this food debris, along with hardened grease, can accumulate and partially obstruct the drain pipe. As a result, the water will still drain but air will get trapped at the obstruction and make that gurgling sound. If you notice bubbles rising when the dishwater is draining, this is likely the culprit.
Don’t run out and buy a liquid drain cleaner. These products are harsh chemicals that can be dangerous – which can be dangerous and detrimental to older pipes. Unless you want to invest in a proper plumbing snake and other equipment, it’s best to call Handyside’s plumbing professionals to clear the drain pipe for you. Even if the gurgling seems minor and hasn’t significantly impeded the drain’s function, addressing it promptly is advisable to prevent it from escalating into a more significant obstruction.
How about a blocked vent pipe?
This is the typical culprit behind the post-drain gurgling sound, which often occurs a few seconds after the water has disappeared. A vent pipe is attached to the drain pipe under your sink to allow sewer gas to escape. These vent pipes extend to your house’s roof, venting the gases outside. However, they are susceptible to blockages caused by leaves, dirt, or nesting material from birds. Sometimes, the vent pipe is concealed behind cabinetry or within walls, making it challenging to locate. For a reliable solution to this gurgling issue, it’s advisable to call Handyside’s professional plumbers. We can promptly diagnose the problem and clear the vent pipe effectively, ensuring that your drainage system functions smoothly.
Was your sink just recently installed (or reinstalled)?
When you encounter gurgling in a newly installed sink drain, it’s likely due to improper installation of the drain pipe. In some instances, individuals without professional expertise may overlook the critical aspects of plumbing, including the correct positioning of the P-trap, pipe routing, and the appropriate connection of a vent pipe. In such cases, it would be best to get a Handyside professional plumber to rectify the plumbing issues and ensure your sink operates flawlessly.
When your kitchen sink starts gurgling, it’s a clear sign of airflow issues within the drain pipe. This can stem from various causes, such as clogs, blockages, or even improper installation. Our dedicated team of Handyside professional plumbers can listen to the gurgle and swiftly identify the most effective solution to eliminate it.