What’s That Sound in My Plumbing System?

A well working plumbing system does it’s job without causing you any concern – water comes in, water and waste go out with little to no interruption. Unfortunately, your plumbing system is susceptible to problems that often result in mysterious and loud noises from faucets, toilets, pipes, drains,  and even within the walls.

Boston Drain Company is here not only to keep your pipes flowing freely but to keep you educated on how to preserve the life and functionality of your plumbing system. Here’s a list of causes for common plumbing noises and how to remedy them.


Sound: Loud Thud from Pipes

Probable Cause: Excessively High Water Pressure.

Solution: Install a pressure regulator, air chamber, or shock absorber in pipelines. All of these devices compress when the water shuts off, cushioning the hammer effect and silencing any thuds or hammering sounds.

Sound: Whistling from the Pipes

Probable Cause: Excessively Low Water Pressure

Solution: If you have a pressure regulator, try turning it down to solve the problem. If that doesn’t work, the sound could also indicate air or debris in the pipes. Turn off your main shutoff valve, drain out all the water, and open the valve again to see if that is the cause.


Sound: Hissing

Probable Cause: Excessively High Water Pressure.

Solution: High water pressure not only causes loud thuds but can also cause hissing from your water fixtures. Any kind of pressure regulating device can keep water pressure in normal levels and not only rid you of annoying plumbing sounds but also reduce water bills and pipe stress.


Sound: Rattling and shaking

Probable Cause: Does use of any of your waterlines or waste line result in loud rattling and shaking from your pipes? They may be misaligned or physically loose.

Solution: Hire a plumber to test the fittings is your noisy pipelines to inspect your pipeline and tighten improperly secured spots.


Is your plumbing system in need of repair or inspection? Contact Boston Drain Company! Our team sewer and drain experts are available 24/7 to diagnose the cause of your noisy pipes and get your plumbing system back to normal fast.


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