Gurgling/ BubblingToilet

Old 05-24-01, 05:13 AM
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Two story new home with basement. Basement toilet "bubbles" and makes "gurgling" noise when clothes washer discharges. Bubbles build up in toilet bowl. Only happens when detergent present. Without detergent the water in bowl moves around and than level drops slightly. Two stacks converge near toilet. Master bath stack (3inch PVC)from second floor and kitchen/laundry room stack (also 3 inch PVC)from first floor join about five feet above toilet in the wall. This in turn joins the same horizontal line coming from the toilet about two to three feet after the toilet and in the slab and than goes to the street. Contractor says all to code and unsure why there is a problem. Lines appear clear when probed with camera. Would appreciate suggestions or direction.

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Old 05-24-01, 05:54 AM
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Sounds like you might possibly have a partial clog (birdnest, leaves, debris, etc.) in the top of the vent stack.
Go up on roof, clear out anything that you can reach, and flush the drain/waste/vent stack with a water hose sprayer.
If it is too far down to reach, you may have to snake it down with a plumber's snake.
If that isn't it, the only other solution would be to plumb the washer drain into the main drain line past that toilet. Washing machines can have a pretty powerful discharge pump.
Good Luck!
Old 05-24-01, 08:24 AM
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Thank you for the reply. Vent stack is clear. The washer enters the out flow BELOW the toilet now, about three feet past the toilet.

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