Gurgling Noises in Your Sink

Sinks pose their own problems.

  • They’re quiet one minute and making strange noises the next.

Noises from your sink can be a cause for concern, but they are often just normal drainage. You can troubleshoot the issue if you notice the noise is becoming louder or more frequent. The kitchen sink is often the source of strange noises, but bathroom sinks can also be culprits. Gurgling noises are usually caused by water draining slowly, and this can happen for a number of reasons. You should be able to tell if the noise is coming from the kitchen or a bathroom. It also helps to figure out early on if it’s a single sink or multiple sinks that are causing the noise. By narrowing it down, you can save yourself some time troubleshooting. Poor drain venting or a partially clogged drain is the most common cause of gurgling noises from a sink. A vacuum can form when water doesn’t drain properly, and this is what makes the noise. Food and debris can cause slow drainage, causing gurgling sounds. Clogged bathroom sink drains are a common problem. If the clog is too deep, you may need to call a plumber. If you use a plunger or a plumber’s snake, you may clear the clog. Bathroom sinks with shallow drains are another common problem. Sink strainers or pop-up stoppers can fix this. Other causes of gurgling noises include a clogged vent pipe, a clogged garbage disposal, a broken P-trap, or a clogged bathtub drain. Check to see if there is anything blocking the sink drain. If there is a blockage, use a plunger to clear it. If that doesn’t work, use a plumber’s snake. A professional may be needed if neither method works. A blockage or damage may be causing the noise. A plumber can assess the problem and recommend the best solution. A professional plumber can also inspect your drains for any issues. A drain cleaning or snaking of the line can be recommended if your drains are clogged.

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