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Keep an Ear Out: A Guide to Plumbing Sounds

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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Houses make sounds. It’s part of being a house. For the most part, it’s natural. Sometimes, though… it isn’t. Sometimes, the things you hear inside your walls are the result of a problem with your home’s plumbing. When you hear those plumbing sounds, you’ll want to know what they are and what to do about them.

We’ve listed the most common problematic home plumbing sounds – and what to do about them – below.


When you turn the water on in your home, do you hear a loud banging sound? That’s called a water hammer. Water hammers happen when a closed valve unceremoniously stops the rush of water through a pipe. Not only does this cause a telltale smacking sound, it can also damage pipes and loosen their joints.

Water hammer issues happen when the air chambers in your pipe valves clog with water. Have a plumber clear those chambers and replace any damaged parts.


Pipes always shake when water runs through them. If the sound is loud enough to notice, however, they’re probably not as secure as they should be. Most likely, the mounting straps used to secure your pipes have loosened.

You can fix this problem by tightening the straps or completely replacing parts that have pulled or worn away. If you’re not comfortable going into your walls, you can always call professionals to help.


Gurgling in your drains is the result of a clog blocking water as it makes its way down the drain. If gurgling happens whenever you use any your drains, there’s a problem with your drain vents.

Drains need to be properly vented to prevent air bubbles, which cause the gurgles you hear throughout the house. Getting your drain vents replaced is as simple as calling in an expert.


If you’ve ever watched a horror movie, you’ve definitely heard the sound of a screeching valve. It’s the sound that happens when you turn on a faucet and hear a high-pitched whine before the water comes out.

Screeching faucets are usually the result of a loose or defective part in the faucet itself. The easiest way to fix a screeching faucet is to replace it.

Long story short: there are a lot of potentially problematic plumbing sounds out there. Fortunately, there’s a solution for everyone. Next time you have a plumbing noise issue, give Len The Plumber a call. We’ll figure out where the sound is coming from and fix it fast.

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