Have you ever been about to jump in the shower, letting the water run to warm up, when all of a sudden you heard a noise that made you a little more than concerned? While many people think that weird or unusual noises coming from their plumbing is commonplace in an older home, these sounds are actually not normal.

These noises can range from a low groan or vibration to knocking and dripping sounds. While these sounds may not be too much a nuisance, they can be a sign of an impending costly malfunction. As one of the oldest and most respected plumbing companies to serve the Tewksbury area, Medford Wellington has experienced nearly every phenomenon that residential pipes can create, including the weird noises that seem to emanate from deep within the walls of your home.

Keep reading to learn more about what causes pipes to make these odd sounds, and how you can prevent it. And if your pipes are groaning and grumbling more and more every day, don’t hesitate to contact our plumbing experts to schedule an inspection today!


  • Whistling/Hissing
  • Chattering/Banging
  • Groaning/Moaning
  • Ticking/Dripping


We’ve all experienced being a little bit spooked by weird sounds coming from our plumbing, especially as kids. Although they can sound positively dreadful, there’s usually a completely reasonable explanation for noisy plumbing. Here are some causes our plumbing experts have revealed in the past:

  1. Thermal Expansion – When hot water enters cold drain lines, the result can sometimes create a ticking or dripping noise that causes people concern. As long as you’re certain that your plumbing isn’t leaking (even small leaks can lead to costly repairs!), it’s likely that the thermal expansion causing these sounds isn’t anything to be too worried about. To determine if thermal expansion is at the root of your problems, follow this simple test suggested by Angie’s List.
  2. Water Pressure Issues – If you or your Tewksbury plumbing professional has already performed a thermal expansion test and determined it’s not the root of your problem, you could have water pressure issues. Higher than normal pressure can cause vibration and rumbling noises.
  3. Air In The Pipes – Does your plumbing mostly make noises when you open a faucet or valve? If so, the issue could be air pressure in the pipes. The easiest way to check/remedy this issue is to turn off the main water valve, allowing all the water to train from your plumbing.
  4. Water Hammer – If your plumbing is giving off banging or chattering sounds when you switch the faucet off, it could be the result of a water hammer. When you turn flowing water off suddenly, it can cause the water behind it to come to a halt rapidly, crashing into the now-closed valve. This results in both noise and vibrations that can be quite unsettling. Your Medford Wellington plumbing professional would be happy to correct this problem by installing a water hammer arrestor in your Tewksbury home.