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  • Writer's pictureBob Condon

Banging Pipes? What is your House trying to Say?

If you are hearing banging pipes or water dripping, don’t ignore it.  Your house is trying to tell you something.

“Do you listen when I’m talking to you?” We’ve all heard it before and sometime the truth is, no we really aren’t listening. It could be for any number of reasons. Your mind is just in a thousand different places. It is never a good to be caught not listening. If someone is trying to tell you something, you need to listen. This is good advice when it comes to your spouse, your significant other, your boss, your parent and it is good advice when it comes to you house.

If you house is making any sort of noises that you should not be hearing, then you need to listen. The result of not listening will be worse than an argument or not knowing what project you should be working on in the office, it could wind up costing you a significant amount of money. Money that is quite literally going down the drain.

Drip Drip Drip

One of the most common sounds you may hear is that of the leaky faucet. The constant dripping is enough to drive anyone crazy. If you don’t take care of it, the dripping may just blend into the background and you forget it is there. That would be a huge mistake. There is a page on the United States Geological Survey website that will calculate how much water is being wasted through dripping faucets.

Another way that your house may be trying to tell you something is through the toilet tank. We all know the sound. You are in the house getting stuff done then all of a sudden the toilet tank is running. It may only last for a few seconds. You might not even notice it at first. Then a few minutes later it happens again. Then it happens again and again. A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month! You will pay an additional $70 per month on your water bill.


The last one we will touch on is the banging pipes. You turn on the faucet and all of a sudden the sound of banging pipes is echoing throughout the house. This could be from loose mounting straps somewhere in the house and the pipes are just banging around from force of the water pressure. It can also mean there is air in the pipes.

Regardless of the sound you are hearing, you have to know what sounds are normal and what sounds are the house trying to tell you that you have some work to do. When it comes to a leaky faucet of running toilet, these are usually easy to fix. The easy fix will also save you a lot of money. The banging pipes could just be a one-time nuisance, but if it continues you need to get someone in to figure out what it happening. Fixing this sort of thing proactively may save you a lot of money since waiting for the major disaster to strike will always cost you more.

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