Are these 3 Toilet Sounds Keeping You Awake?

Is a noisy toilet keeping you up at night? We know noisy toilets are annoying, but the only way to make that noise go away is to figure out what’s causing it. Here’s the deal. Toilets make noises when they’re flushed and when they’re filling up. However, these noises shouldn’t last longer than a minute. So, if you keep hearing sounds coming from your toilet, you need to have a plumber take a look. Throwing a pillow over your head isn’t the solution. While some toilet noises aren’t a big deal, some signal a serious problem.

In this post, we discuss common toilet problems and what you can do to fix them.

Toilets that Drip

When you hear dripping coming from the bathroom, where do you look first? The sink, right? Most dripping sounds are related to a leaky faucet, but not always. Toilets drip, too, especially when there’s a leak. Not finding a leak? Take off the toilet’s tank and look inside. What do you see? Is the toilet flapper damaged or looking a little worse for the wear? These problems causes water to leak back into the toilet bowl and causes that drip sound. The good news is flappers are easy to replace and don’t cost much money. Take the old flapper with you to the home improvement store to find a matching replacement.


Is your toilet talking back to you after you flush it? Gurgling sounds aren’t actually coming from the toilet but from the drain pipe. To figure out what’s going on, you need to do some additional listening. Does the gurgling happen only after flushing the toilet? Or, do all the drains gurgle after you run water?

If your toilet is the only appliance making a gurgle, then either you have a clog drain pipe or the plumbing vent is partially blocked. When all the drains make this sound, this means either the plumbing vent is blocked, or you have an issue inside the sewer pipe. Call a plumber to investigate further and follow their recommendations for drain cleaning or sewer line inspection services.

Running Toilets

After you flush the toilet, the tank needs to fill with water, so the toilet can be flushed again in the future. All toilets make a noise during this process, but it shouldn’t last more than 60 seconds. If you leave the bathroom and return an hour later and the toilet’s still running, this is a problem. Like with a dripping toilet, the issue could be the flapper. It’s also possible that the float isn’t working correctly and not rising to turn off the water. Sometimes this happens when the chain breaks that connects the toilet handle to the float. Also, if the chain isn’t tight enough, this causes the same problem. The bottom line is that running toilets have something to do with the interior parts. Check these out and make the needed adjustments or repairs.

We know noisy toilets are annoying, but the good news is they’re easy to fix. If you’re concerned about the sounds coming from a toilet in your home, give us a call. Our bathroom plumbing experts at Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter are ready to help you today. Give us a call for 24-hour plumbing service in Southern California a (888) 668-8922.