There are various different sounds around the home, and while you may not know what they all mean, a bathroom expert has revealed the ones you shouldn’t ignore
A plumbing expert has urged people to not ignore certain noises from their toilets – as it could lead to a pricey bill.
As people are already keeping a tight grip on their pennies due to the cost of living crisis, one thing no one wants to face is a hefty bill for a plumber. But one expert has shared when to seek help in a bathroom – to help reduce the risk of paying out expensive fees for repairs. When we flush the toilet, we don’t really give much thought to any of the noises coming from the toilet – but it turns out that if your toilet starts to “gurgle” or “bubble” it indicates there’s something that needs attention.
It can indicate that you have a partial or full clog – and that water is starting to “back up in the pipes” which will trap air. This air can only escape through the toilet bowl itself, and is what causes the bubbling or gurgling sound, according to Bathroom Expert at Drench, Dom Lees Bell.
To help remove the clog, Dom suggested using a plunger. He said: “The act of plunging up and down within the toilet bowl creates suction which is strong enough to remove the clogged waste and allow the water to flow freely.” He then advised before you start, it’s important to “block off the other openings” where air can escape – such as the sink or shower.
This can be done by using old rags and it will give you much more “plunging force”. He recommended: “Use a bell plunger which is the most suitable for a toilet and coat it with plumber’s grease or petroleum jelly to create an airtight seal.
“You want to get water inside the plunger and then evacuate the clog so place it in the bowl and allow water to flow in before tilting it directly into the throat of the bowl to create the vacuum. You can then plunge up and down until the clog is removed.”
Another noise the expert advised to listen out for is hissing. He said this can “signal trouble” and whether it’s from the toilet, the sink, pipes or the walls – it needs addressing quickly. He explained: “If you notice hissing coming from a water fixture then it’s probably due to your water pressure being too high.
“This can be fixed quite simply so don’t let it linger. If you ignore the sound it can lead to high water bills but it also adds unnecessary stress to your pipes which will reduce their lifespan and can cost around £1500 plus to repair.”
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