As children, sometimes we were afraid of things that went bump in the night. But even as adults, and homeowners, we can still feel unsettled when strange noises coming from the house. Many times it is just a natural sound. Other times it can be something much worse. As a homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with certain plumbing sounds, so you know what to expect.

Dripping — This likely noise happens frequently when you haven’t turned off the faucet completely. While it may seem harmless, those little drops add up. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that household leaks waste nearly one trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. In fact, the EPA’s yearly Fix a Leak Week is right around the corner, from March 18-24, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Running Water — Occasionally, after you flush your toilet you will continue to hear running water through the tank. Normally, when water fills the tank, it lifts the float ball, causing the float rod to press against the inlet valve. When the tank is full, the rod is pressing against the inlet valve hard enough to turn off the water, and preventing the tank from overflowing.

However, if one of those pieces gets caught or is broken, the water will not shut off and will continue to flow through the tank. The quick fix is to open up the tank and check that the float ball is not stuck in the wrong position. Another common issue is if the lever on the inside of the handle breaks. A trip to the hardware store for a replacement piece will solve that issue.

Shaking — Pipes will shake as water flows through them, so a slight shake should not be an issue. However, if the sound is loud enough for you to take notice, then your pipes may not be completely secure. You can quiet this sound by tightening the mounting straps on your pipes, or by replacing any parts that have pulled or worn away.

Gurgling — Sometimes that gurgle happens when you clear away a clog that has been blocking water in your drains. As the clogs loosen and make their way down the drain, the gurgling sound is what makes its way back up. If that gurgling sound happens in all of your drains, then there might be a problem with your drain vents.

Properly vented drains prevent air bubbles, which prevents the gurgling sound. The vents are also important because they will remove exhaust or sewer gases, cutting back on some stinky odors.

Believe it or not, but oftentimes the sounds that your plumbing makes are quite normal. If you ever hear something out of the ordinary, a quick check on the common issues can clear away those sounds. However, if you are not sure what may be the cause of the noise, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134, and talk with our skilled plumbers today.