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What’s That Sound? Diagnosing Plumbing Problems

Not all plumbing problems you can see, in fact sometimes it’s the ones that you can’t see that pose a bigger threat. When it comes to diagnosing plumbing problems it’s important to always be on alert, utilizing sight, smell, and sound. Here are some common alarming sounds your plumbing could be making and what they mean.


A gurgling toilet or a gurgling drain can be alarming, although if it has been happening for a while, chances are you could be used to it. However, a gurgling toilet or drain could be a sign that there is a serious plumbing problem afoot. Gurgling could be the result of a clog in the toilet or drain, a clogged vent stack, or it could be an issue with the sewer mainline. If the gurgling is persistent, then it is a good idea to contact a professional plumbing to thoroughly diagnose the issue.


The sound of running water is one of the first indications that there could be a plumbing leak. Plumbing leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems and can lead to thousands of dollars in damage, and waste thousands of gallons of water a year. It’s important to note that not all water leaks present themselves front and center. If you are suffering from a hidden leak, one of the first indicators is an unexplained higher than usual water bill. Listening for running water is a way you can detect a leak. Running water could indicate a slab leak, a leaking toilet, or a leak behind a closed wall. If you hear running water, call your plumber right away to prevent further damage and excessive waste.


Loud banging sounds from your pipes might make you think that you have a ghost, but the cause is actually much simpler. Banging pipes,Pulling a nail out of reinforcements that are holding up a pipe can be the result of pipe fastenings breaking or coming loose. This can happen with age. This is a plumbing problem that you will want to have repaired not just because the sound is alarming but also because as the pipes bang around they can get damaged and spring leaks.

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