4 Scary Sounds That Signal A Plumbing Nightmare

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It’s finally that spooky season, and the time is right for ghosts and goblins to make their way out of hiding. While you may be prepared to take on a vampire, garlic won’t be nearly as effective in getting rid of a much more alarming monster: unexpected plumbing damage! 

That’s right, plumbing nightmares can occur at a moment’s notice without warning; threatening both your home and your wallet. Make sure you know the culprit behind these spine-chilling sounds, should a burst pipe or faulty water heater choose to haunt your home this year! 

Murmuring Drains

If you notice an eerie gurgling noise within one of your drains when you flush the toilet, you could be faced with one of these frightening foes: 

  • Clogged Pipes: Over time, hair and food particles can cause a buildup in your pipes, causing a large blockage. Make sure not to pour chemicals down your drain, as they can cause corrosion. Instead, use a drain snake or, in the event of a particularly nasty clog, call a professional to quickly clear it out! 
  • Cracked Sewer Line: Many don’t consider the impact that their yard has on their plumbing system. Overgrown tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines and cause mayhem. If you suspect that your noisy drain has something to do with your sewer line, call an expert ASAP

Clanging Pipes

Because your plumbing is comprised of a network of metal pipes, it’s only natural that they moan and groan every once in a while. However, if it sounds like a mischievous monster is constantly running around inside your system, it may be time to take a closer look. If your pipes were not secured properly upon installation or there is a blockage somewhere in the system, you may be experiencing these spooky sounds! 

Howling Showerhead

That’s not a werewolf calling out in the night; it’s your showerhead! Did you know that small particle deposits can build up in your showerhead, causing blockages? If you hear a high-pitched whistling sound when you shower, it’s probably a clog. However, if you clean out your showerhead and the noises persist, you may want to think about a replacement. 

Popping Water Heater

Imagine you’re fast asleep and, just like a classic horror movie, are awoken by loud thumps coming from the basement. And while the boogeyman may be lurking at the foot of the stairs, it’s more likely that your water heater is the real culprit. Limescale and other sediment particles build up over time and, without proper maintenance, can reduce your system’s efficiency and heating capability. These scary knocking sounds are actually just your system’s way of asking for some help!

If your plumbing system is making any of these spooky sounds, call Combat Plumbing at any of our three Red Oakland locations. We’ll assess the situation and solve the problem in the swoop of a bat!

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