Strange Plumbing Noises and Their Cause

Did you hear that? Plumbing problems may not always be seen, but often times they can be heard. When your pipes begin to make strange noises, sometimes it's a clue that it's time to call a professional.


A whooshing sound in your shower could mean a buildup of minerals has formed in your plumbing pipes or hot water heater, a common problem in areas that have a high mineral content in the water supply. Hard water can damage your pipes over time and lead to hidden water leaks.

Rat a tat tat

Can you hear your plumbing pipes rattling after flushing the toilet or when water is draining? This rattling could be that the pipes themselves are loose.


If your fixtures are hissing like a snake, it often means that the water pressure is too high. Not only is this a huge water waster, but it also increases your water bill and takes a toll on your plumbing pipes.

Gurgle, gurgle

Do you drains gurgle? Your vent pipe could be blocked and this could be preventing proper water drainage. Gurgling drains may also allow gases to come back into your home, making for some pretty bad odors. Check the vent opening (typically on the roof) to make sure it's not blocked.

Drip, drip, drip...drip

Don't ignore that dripping noise, no matter how quiet it is. If you hear a dripping noise or see a dripping faucet, it's important to get it fixed right away-- a single leaky faucetcan waste as much as 3,000 gallons of waterin one year.

You can trust our plumbers to help diagnose issues with your plumbing and prevent problems before they start. Call us today to schedule a visit.

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