Strange Plumbing Noises and Their Causes | R. A. Styron | Chesapeake VA

Did you hear that? What was that noise? Plumbing problems may not always be seen, but often times they can be heard. When your pipes begin to make strange noises, sometimes it’s a clue that it’s time to call a professional.


A whooshing sound in your shower could mean a buildup of minerals has formed in your plumbing pipes or hot water heater, a common problem in areas that have a high mineral content in the water supply. Hard water can damage your pipes over time and lead to hidden water leaks.

Rat a tat tat:

Can you hear your plumbing pipes rattling after flushing the toilet or when water is draining? This rattling could be that the pipes themselves are loose.


If your fixtures are hissing like a snake, it often means that the water pressure is too high. Not only is this a huge water waster, but it also increases your water bill and takes a toll on your plumbing pipes.

Gurgle, gurgle

Do you drains gurgle? Your vent pipe could be blocked and this could be preventing proper water drainage. Gurgling drains may also allow gases to come back into your home, making for some pretty bad odors. Check the vent opening (typically on the roof) to make sure it’s not blocked.

Drip, drip, drip…drip

Don’t ignore that dripping noise, no matter how quiet it is. If you hear a dripping noise or see a dripping faucet, it’s important to get it fixed right away. According to the EPA, a single leaky faucet can waste as much as 3,000 gallons of water in one year.

If you are experiencing any of these problems or noises don’t wait until you have an emergency plumbing situation on your hands, be proactive and have an evaluation done as soon as possible. If you do find yourself in a plumbing emergency make sure you know the right steps to take with our blog to minimize potential damage. Once you have a handle on the situation give R. A. Styron a call to schedule a visit with one of our plumbing specialist.

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