How do I fix gurgling drains?


Have an issue with washing machine emptying & causing drain in kitchen to gurgle--can also smell odors. Anyone have any ideas how to fix? Sure need to find solution?

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  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jan 17, 2019

    Sewer vent pipe needs checked here's bunch of videos for help/solutions/how to DIY

    • LG LG on Jan 18, 2019

      You are a wonderful, helpful individual--thank you so much for sharing.

  • William William on Jan 17, 2019

    Sounds like there may be a blockage in the roof vent pipe. As the washer is draining any air in the sewer line should vent out the roof. Instead it's venting out the sink and forcing the water out of the sink P trap and you get the sewer gas odor. Run a garden hose down the roof vent pipe full blast and it may push the blockage through. could be bird, leaves, or even a varmint. Otherwise it may need to be rodded.

  • Jean Jean on Jan 17, 2019

    Had this problem with bathtub found eventually we had pipe blockage. Plumber first suggested checking trap in drains where junk can accumulate we found nothing there. You could try that. Bathroom sinks also slow in draining best solution ever is a plastic strip called Cobra, Home Depot or any plumbing section. This worked amazingly well in one try pulled out huge blob of dirt and hair. Its dirt that gets stuck on hair in drain. This is more common on pull up drains commonly used today. Pouring solution, vinegar baking soda does nothing. This $4.00 item is reusable once you pull pull off all the junk easily done. Demonstration on u tube.

  • William William on Jan 18, 2019

    Hey Bink. Rodded is when using a plumbers snake to "rod" through drain pipes.

  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 18, 2019

    I once had this problem. An engineer I worked with explained what was happening. He said, the drain pipe under the sink is called a “goose neck “. At the goose neck there is a gas trap. The gas trap is simply water in the goose neck which prevents the rising up of gases into your kitchenfrom the the sewer line. If food or other particles get stuck in the in the gas trap, those particles absorb the water. As a result the sewer odors will rise up since there isn’t any water in the gas trap. Solution: open up the pipe at the goose neck, remove the residue from the gas trap and refill it with water before reassembling the pipe. This should resolve the problem with the gurgling as well as the odor. I had a plumber do this for me. It did resolve the problem.