When you’re relaxing in your Alton, IL home, have you ever heard any strange noises coming from your plumbing system? These can be pretty common when it comes to plumbing problems. The most typical sounds of issues would be sounds of banging pipes, a whistling shower head, popping sounds coming from your water heater, or a gurgle of any of your drains. These noises are known to not only be irritating but could also be an indication that your plumbing system isn’t running at the best of its ability. If you are curious to know what these different sounds could mean this is a tool that can help you fix your plumbing system in the best way possible. If you want to learn more about what these different noises mean, keep reading!


Banging Pipes

Different water supply pipes are mostly made of metal and can also easily make noises or vibrations throughout your house. The reasons for these excessive banging noises may be due to improperly secured pipes or even an obstruction in the piping. If there is however an obstruction in your pipes, you will then have to get the blockage removed in order to have smoother water flow through your pipes that will then decrease the banging.

Whistling Showerhead Noises

A whistling noise from your showerhead may be due to a possible clog in your shower head. When you are removing the showerhead to clean, this can help remove the buildup that could be making these noises occur. If your shower head is still making these noises after you clean it, it could be time for a replacement.

Popping Water Heater

Loud, knocking noises from your water heater could be an indication of sediment buildup. Without any proper water heater maintenance, limescale and even other deposits will then form along the sides of this tank and burner, which will create a barrier when the water is heating. This will typically result in a much longer wait for hot water to increase energy costs.

Gurgling Drain Noises


When you are flushing your toilet does your shower drain make a gurgling noise? If it does, this could. Mean that you have a clogged pipe, the air in said pipes, a drain venting issue, or a problem with the sewer line. Any of these problems could result in a problem with your drains.

If you are experiencing any of these problems that we have listed, give our team at Darwyn’s Plumbing a call today! We are more than ready to help you with any plumbing problem you may face!