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Many of us are familiar with the experience of hearing strange sounds in our house, and more often than not those sounds can be plumbing-related. Here’s a handy guide that matches what you’re hearing with a common plumbing issue.

  • If you hear banging when you turn on a faucet, it could be gremlins, but it most likely is due to water pressure issues or unsecured pipes behind walls. Metal pipes transmit sound waves from the water flowing through them, which can create the knocking or banging sound.
  • If you hear rumbling coming from your water heater, it could be a small earthquake, but it most likely is due to sediment that has built up at the bottom of the heater. You’re hearing boiling water that is trapped in the sediment. 
  • If you hear vibrating coming from the wall whenever you flush the toilet, it could be a supervillain activating a sonic weapon, but it most likely is due to a bad toilet fill valve.
  • If you hear whistling coming from somewhere in your walls, it could be your neighbor calling his dog, but it most likely is due to a leaking toilet fill valve. 

These problems can do more than disrupt your day–they could lead to bigger problems and more costly repairs. Powell’s Plumbing can fix all of these common problems for you before things get too messy. Give us a call today to learn more about our plumbing service options available to homeowners throughout the Winchester, Northern Virginia, and Panhandle area. We look forward to working with you!

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