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Plumbing Sounds that Mean There’s a Problem

Some plumbing sounds are normal — the rush of water coming out of a sink after you turn it on or the bubbling of a water heater as it’s warming up — but if you hear any of the below, you may have a problem on your hands.

Unhealthy Plumbing Sounds


Whistling in your pipes likely means that water is trying to pass by an obstruction, often limescale or rust. If it’s your toilet, specifically, that’s whistling you may need to replace the ballcock mechanism in it.


Does it ever sound like water is hammering inside your pipes? If so, it’s probably being caused by a large obstruction in your plumbing. If there’s something blocking the water’s path, the pipes will expand to allow water to pass through. Then, the water slams against the pipes causing a banging sound.


Do you ever hear a gurgling sound after you flush the toilet? If you are, it could be a sign that you have a clog (likely one made up of food or stray hairs). Fortunately, this is a relatively easy problem to fix because it can usually be stopped with a quick drain cleaning or HydroScrub-Jetting.


Nothing is more frustrating than the constant sound of *drip* *drip* *drip( throughout the night. If the dripping isn;t coming from an obvious source, like a sink faucet or your shower head, it could mean that the dripping is coming from a pipe behind your walls. Not only can this cause water damage, but it can also increase your water bill.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (415) 906-2456 or fill out our form!