Ultimate Plumbing Sounds Guide: What’s That Noise? [EPG]

//Ultimate Plumbing Sounds Guide: What’s That Noise? [EPG]

Ultimate Plumbing Sounds Guide: What’s That Noise? [EPG]

Sounds don’t imply that there are supernatural activities taking place inside the house. They mainly imply that the house is running and functioning and there are different pieces of equipment, which are working together to complete the different functions around the house. If the house were completely silent, it would probably be eerier.


Most of the sounds in the house, if you pay attention, you will realize are related to the plumbing that runs in the house. The beauty of these sounds is that if you pay close attention, they will tell you a lot of things. Like certain sounds can tell you if there is a problem with the plumbing around the house. Thus ensuring that you are able to work on fixing the problem before things get worse.


Different Plumbing Sounds

Sometimes there are sounds around the house that are not meant to be there and most of the time when we come across these unfamiliar sounds, we want to know what these sounds are for. As mentioned earlier, most of the sounds that you will hear around the house have mainly to do with plumbing. Hence let’s look at some of the plumbing sound and what they mean –



Sometimes when you turn on a water faucet in the house, you may hear a banging sound. This sound is basically known as a “water hammer”. So what do water hammers indicate? Water hammers normally occur when a closed valve abruptly blocks the rush of water flowing through a pipe. This not only causes a tattletale smacking sound, but it can cause damage to pipes and is known to loosen the joints.


In short, water hammers tend to happen when the air chambers in the valves of the pipes are clogged with water. You probably need to have a plumber visit your house and have the chambers cleared along with replacing any parts that might be damaged.



Sometimes when a rush of water flows through the pipes, you will see and hear the pipes shake. So why should this be a concern?

The shaking and the noise of the pipe is often normal however, if the sound is too loud, then it might be concerning and might indicate that the pipes are no longer as secure as they need to be. The most probable reason might be the mounting straps, which have been used to secure the pipes, have loosened.


This solution to this should be simple, and all that needs to be done is just tighten the mounting straps or have the worn straps replaced with new ones. If you still find this tedious and difficult to do, you can call some professionals to help you sort this out.



Gurgling sounds that you hear around the house is mainly related to clogging. Most of the times, the gurgling sounds tend to occur in the drains, indicating that there is a clog, which is blocking the water, while the water is moving down the drainpipe. Additionally, with regards to the gurgling sound, you need to check when the sound occurs, if the sound occurs whenever you are using the drains, it could indicate an issue with the drain vents.

You need to ensure that the drains are properly vented so that there are no air bubbles formed. It is these air bubbles, which causes the gurgling sounds to be heard throughout the house.  The solution would go to the drain vents replaced. You could call any professional and get this done.



The screeching sound in the plumbing is nothing less than a watching a horror movie. So be assured that if you hear this sound, a ghost does not infest your house, it is probably something in the plumbing that has gone wrong. This sound occurs when you have turned on the water faucet in your house and it is followed by a high-pitched whining sound, just before the water flows out.

Faucets that screech indicate that some part is loose or defective in the faucet. The easiest and the quickest way to fix this problem is to have faulty faucet replaced.



If you at any time see a sudden rise in your water bill, without an apparent reason, keep an ear open for sounds in the house.

If this increase in the water bill comes along with a hissing sound that you hear, then the water pressure in the house is probably too high.

You will probably need to consider installing a pressure regulator in the house. The pressure regulator would ensure that the PSI remains at or lesser than regular levels, thus taking care of the increase in your water bill and helping in getting it down to normal.



While taking a shower, if you hear a rumbling sound coming from the water heater then there have been built-up unwanted sediments over a period. This further leads to an increase in the water bill along with the overall effectiveness of the heater going down.

Have a professional check out the water heater. The probable solutions would be to get the water heater cleaned and the sediments removed or the worst-case scenario would be to get the water heater replaced.



You might sometimes hear some noisy vibrations emitting from behind the wall in or behind your toilet. This further indicates issue in the plumbing. Check and see if you feel or notice any vibrations while lifting the toilet valve arm. If that is the case, then it’s like that the fill valve has been damaged or worn out over time and needs to be replaced.



Lastly, hearing whistling noises in the toilet pipe might be the signs of a leak in the fill valve of the toilet.

You can either adjust the valve by hand or get it checked by a professional.


Plumbing Sounds shouldn’t be ignored

Strange sounds coming from the plumbing around the house need to be monitored and kept an eye out for. These sounds or noises are often indicative of problems that are expected to occur in the near future and taking care of them on time would ensure you don’t face a bigger problem in the future. Another alternative would be to get the entire plumbing checked from time to time.