Plumbing Sounds That Signal a Problem

March 9, 2020


Your plumbing system is essential, and you want to know about any potential problems before they become major disasters. Here are a few of the sounds that signal that you need to call in a pro.

Banging Sounds Coming from the Water Heater

If you hear banging sounds coming from your water heater, you shouldn't ignore it. There are a few different causes of banging noises, and some of them shouldn't cause you to worry. For instance, if you have sediment buildup in your tank, the sound is just an air bubble escaping from underneath the sediment. All you need to do is have your tank flushed. On the other hand, if you're having consistent problems with pressure building up inside of the tank, this can be dangerous. If this is the case, you should have a plumber look at your water heater immediately.

Water Running Through Pipes

The sound of water running through your pipes is not always a problem. The first step is to make sure no taps are running. If you still hear the noise, you may have a leak. At this point, you can double-check this by investigating your water meter. It is most likely by the curb in front of your house. If it indicates water is flowing despite you turning off all your water appliances, then you likely have a leak.


If you hear a dripping sound, you should find the source before you have extensive water damage. Some of the places that you should check are underneath sinks and behind showerheads. Remember that even the smallest leaks can waste gallons every month!


If you hear gurgling noises, you might have vent problems. Usually, a gurgling sound will come from a drain or the toilet, and it often happens because the pressure in your plumbing system is out of balance.

Even if you think that you can identify the source of a plumbing sound, you should have it checked out by a plumber. Luckily, Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air has you covered! For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (901) 795-9044.



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