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Why Does My Plumbing Make Noises?

June 25 / 2019

Most of the times, people don’t give much thought to plumbing when the water pipes in their home are quiet and working normally. It’s all good as long as the water goes down the drain without clogging, and the toilet flushes without spilling water out onto the floor. But, what happens if everything is working properly and suddenly you hear strange noises coming from your sink drain and behind the walls every time you use the water or turn your faucets off? These noises can help you diagnose plumbing problems in the pipes.

Reasons for Unusual Plumbing Noises

The following are the unusual plumbing noises that require immediate attention:
  • Whistling or squealing
  • Vibrations
  • Banging
  • Rumbling

Whistling Noise

The whistling or squealing noise from the pipes indicate that the flow of water through the pipes is interrupted. If you hear the whistling sound from a single faucet, it could be due to a dirty aerator or a washer that has become worn. Replacing the problematic part would fix the issue. Instead, if you hear the whistling noise throughout the house, the problem is within the pipes and could only be located and fixed by a licensed plumber. [caption id="attachment_2888" align="alignright" width="300"]Unusual Plumbing Noises Image Credit:[/caption]


The excessive water pressure running in the pipelines cause vibrations, and if left untreated, it not only wastes water but can cause pipe damage and water leaks. Use a threaded pressure gauge to monitor the water pressure and get a pressure regulator installed to control the water pressure in your home’s plumbing system.

Banging Noise

Banging noise is a general term used for any pipe sound and is one of the easier plumbing problems to fix. It occurs when the water is initially turned off, and the high pressure inside the pipes forces the water to look for somewhere to go. This results in the water banging against the pipe walls or the shut-off valve as it searches for a place to escape. Contact your plumber to fix the issue in no time.

Rumbling Noise

The sediment build-up in the water heater causes rumbling noise. This excess sediment build-up traps a layer of water underneath it, so when the water heats up, it percolates through the sediment. A certified plumber will flush out the tank to fix the issue. You can also schedule regular water heater maintenance to avoid excess sediments from building-up. If you notice recurring plumbing noises, contact us now to diagnose the problem and get a quick fix. Give us a call today!