Common Plumbing Noises and What They Could Mean

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Every homeowner will deal with some minor, or even major, plumbing problems in their house at some point. It’s inevitable and it honestly just comes along with the territory of owning a house. There will be times where a quick fix will do the trick, like unclogging your toilet with a household plunger, but there will also be times where professional help is required.

In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of the most common plumbing noises you could potentially hear in your home and what they could mean. If you aren’t too familiar with your home’s plumbing system and aren’t sure what a gurgling drain is trying to tell you, then keep on reading!


Tick, tick, tick. If you hear a ticking sound, don’t stress! This isn’t a ticking time bomb. The ticking is most likely coming from your pipes and could mean quite a few things. Your pipes could be loose, unstable, or even expanding.


A gurgling sound coming from your drain is a telltale sign there is a blockage somewhere. If your shower or sink drain gurgles after you flush your toilet or run your washing machine, you likely have a clog in your pipes. If you continue to hear the gurgling noises coming from any of your drains, contact J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning for help.


If your shower head is whistling, there’s probably too much build-up on it. To clean your shower head, simply fill up a plastic bag with white vinegar and place it around the showerhead. Secure the bag with a rubber band or elastic and let the shower head sit in the vinegar for a few hours. This should clean most of the build-up on the showerhead.

Separately, your showerhead might be whistling due to low water pressure or air in the pipes.


Dripping faucets are easy to ignore, but they sure are costing you. Not only is a dripping faucet frustrating to listen to at night when you’re trying to sleep, but the wasted water is probably the reason your water bill has been higher than usual lately. If there’s a broken pipe causing the dripping, it’s time to call J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning for repairs.


When water pressure is too high, it causes something called a water hammer, which makes the banging noise. If you hear this sound when you turn off a faucet or when your washer stops filling, it means your water pressure is too high. Letting this sound go ignored can result in a serious leak in your home.


If you hear a knocking sound coming from your water heater, there is probably too much sediment build up, which will reduce your water heater’s efficiency over time. Don’t hesitate to call us at (215) 987-4607 if you hear knocking coming from your water heater. We’ll be right out to inspect your unit and will have it back up and running in no time.

Running Water

Constant running water most commonly comes from a toilet. This sound most likely means that there is too much water in the toilet tank, which can be fixed by adjusting the height of the float.

Levittown Plumbing Services

From water heaters and pipes to leak detection and drain cleaning, we do it all! J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning is your trusted go-to team for all things plumbing. If you’re noticing any of the above sounds and aren’t sure where to start, give us a call at (215) 987-4607 or fill out our online contact form!