Scary Plumbing Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

Scary plumbing

It’s that time of year. Soon the air will be filled with the frightening screams associated with ghosts and goblins. The good thing about Halloween is most of those frightening sounds are make-believe. That’s not always the case when the sounds are coming from the plumbing in your Fountain Hills, AZ home. Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling wants to take a close look at some of those scary plumbing sounds and what they might mean.


This one will get your attention in a hurry. When your pipes make a loud banging sound it’s definitely a scary plumbing problem. Plumbers often refer to it as a water hammer. It can be caused by a sudden change in water pressure and often happens when you open or close a faucet. The pressure surge can cause loose pipes to bang against the wall. If the problem persists you need to call in a plumber. The violent banging leads to broken pipes, loose connections, or even damaged appliances. 


This is not to be confused with the squeals of delight when the kids bring home their trick-or-treat candy. When your scary plumbing sound is a high-pitched squeal, it is caused by what plumbers call cavitation. This happens when water from a large pipe flows into a smaller pipe. The resulting change in water pressure causes the squealing sound. It can also be the result of a bad or worn washer. Without proper plumbing maintenance cavitation can also result in damage to pipes and fittings.


Sometimes you will hear a screaming sound when you open a faucet or fixture. Plumbers say this usually means you need a new washer or that the tap stem on the fixture needs to be lubricated. This is usually a quick fix for an experienced plumber, but don’t procrastinate because it could cause a damaging leak without proper plumbing maintenance.


This can be scarier than the scariest Halloween movie you are going to watch this year. Yes, the gurgling sound can be caused by something simple like a worn out valve, but a gurgling toilet can also be a warning sign of something much more serious: A sewer backup. Without attention from a plumber, you can end up with raw sewage spewing into your Fountain Hills, AZ home. Trust us when we say that will ruin a Halloween party in a hurry. A gurgling toilet calls for plumbing maintenance.


If you are hearing any spooky sounds, it’s time to enlist the services of the licensed plumbers at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling. They will make sure the frightening screams are confined to the haunted house in the neighborhood or when you are watching scary movies and not the result of any scary plumbing sounds in your Fountain Hills, AZ home.