Is your plumbing on the fritz? Picture this: every time you wash a load of laundry, the toilet bubbles after you run the washer, maybe even leaking some septic fumes into your home. This scenario probably sounds familiar to some of you out there. It’s a common household issue, especially in older homes, and it needs immediate attention to prevent health risks. Plumbing problems are never a happy discovery, but they don’t necessarily mean doomsday is here. Here are a few likely culprits in this toilet/washing machine scenario:
Plumbing lines tend to produce the gurgling symptom when there’s a difference in pressure between appliances. The change in pressure aggravates an issue in the drains. If this happens when you wash clothes, it’s a sure bet that the washing machine drain connects to the toilet waste line. The washing machine drain might not be properly installed, leading to a backup in the system and overflow from the washer.
Uneven pressure can impact water drainage in multiple appliances throughout your house. Vents from the washer are susceptible to blockages because they are located on the roof and exposed to outdoor elements like leaves or animals. If these vents get clogged, it prevents pressure from equalizing.
The waste lines could have clogs if your home relies on a septic tank. Draining the septic tank will probably solve the problem. Regardless of the cause, toilet bubbles must be inspected to prevent overflow and other hygiene issues from escalating.