Things That Go Bump In The Night (And What They Really Mean)'

 Occasionally things go bump in the night. But don’t worry - it’s not ghosts. More likely, something has gone wrong with your house

In this post, we decipher some of these sounds and tell you what they mean. It could be apparitions of people from times gone by, but much more likely, you have a problem with your plumbing! 

Gurgling In The Toilet

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Toilets will occasionally make gurgling sounds as they get older. But what’s causing these strange noises? 

According to plumbers, there are two possible causes. The first is that you have a worn-out toilet fill valve - the part of the toilet responsible for determining how much of the tank the lavatory replenishes after each flush. Usually, this is a simple fix and just requires swapping out the old component for a new one. 

You can, however, also have more ominous problems. Sometimes gurgling happens because tree roots infiltrate the pipes and cause damage. When the toilet is sitting idle, water drains out of the bowl in fits and starts, causing bubbles of air to rise up to the surface and escape. 

Scratching Behind The Walls

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Scratching behind the walls is a very off-putting sound and not something you want to hear in your home. Usually, it means you have a pest control issue. Rats and mice have small claws on their feet that make a kind of rustling, pitter-patter sound as they scurry through crevices, collecting bedding materials for their nests. 

If you have a pest problem, you’ll need to call in the experts to come and deal with the problem as soon as you can. Most vermin carry disease, putting you and your family at risk. Also, be sure to clean up any food that might be lying around as well as sealing your pantry. Removing the food source often eliminates the problem. 

Popping Noises From Radiators

Have you ever noticed your radiators popping after you turn on your central heating? If so, you could have trapped air in your system. 

Radiators have a habit of popping from time to time as air infiltrates the system and prevents water from circulating fully throughout their interiors. Dealing with this issue requires “bleeding” the radiators, which means allowing any excess to escape. 

Find your radiator bleed key, stick it into the valve, and turn it slightly until you hear a hiss of the air escaping. Keep bleeding the air until you see water and then retighten again. The annoying noises should stop. If they don’t, check for air pockets in other radiators. 

Hissing In The Bathroom

If you hear a hissing sound in the bathroom, it could be due to a leaky flapper - a component that controls the fill valve. 

The flapper is the connecting point between the bowl of the toilet and the tank. It holds water until you flush. You can silence the flapper by adjusting the length of the flapper. The longer it is, the more closely it will sit flush on the valve seat. You may also need to replace it if it leaks. 

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