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Keep Spooks Out of the Plumbing This Halloween | C. Woods Company

Lock the Doors Against Plumbing Emergencies 

Halloween is a season that is all about creepy noises. Whether things are going bump in the night or “Boo!” is being hollered, plenty of hair-raising sounds accompany this season. Apart from the supposed supernatural sounds, there is a set of sounds that can strike terror into the heart of homeowners. Those noises are plumbing noises. 

Noises in the plumbing are often early indicators that something is wrong. Listening for these noises can help homeowners take early action or at least give them the peace of mind that the house isn’t haunted. Look for these paranormal plumbing noises this Halloween season. 

Keep Drains Flowing Freely 

One common creepy noise found in too many homes is the gurgling noise of a sink drain or bathtub drain. When drains begin to clog, they drain slowly, causing eerie noises. Luckily there are easy ways to stop drain clogs from forming. 

The first thing to do is to remove the clog. This can be done using home remedies like baking soda and vinegar or by scheduling professional drain cleaning services. Doing this removes the hair and soap scum that will continue contributing to clogs. Never use chemical drain cleaners since these harsh chemicals can damage plumbing. 

After the clog is removed, change a few habits:

  1. Install hair catchers in sinks and tubs
  2. Watch what goes down the kitchen drain, specifically food scraps and grease, and discard it in the trash instead
  3. Remember routine drain cleaning, whether it is a DIY job or scheduled with professionals

Creepy Clogged Toilets 

toiletsWater rushing across the bathroom floor is a dreaded sound to hear any time of year. That means a clogged toilet has happened, and filthy water is rushing over the bowl and filling the space. Before that sound is heard, another is usually an indicator that problems are coming: the sound of slow flushes. 

To prevent the consequences of slow flushes and overflows that result from a clogged toilet, follow a few simple rules:

  • Only flush waste and toilet paper
  • Don’t flush non-flushable items like wipes or hygiene products 
  • Leave the lid down to keep out foreign debris
  • Quickly fix running toilets
  • Keep a plunger handy for small clogs
  • Schedule routine cleaning for sewer lines 

Noises That are Reminders for Water Heater Maintenance 

maintenanceThe water heater probably makes terrifying plumbing noises when it comes to creepy noises. Several noises are indicators that water heater maintenance was neglected. The most common noises and their causes are: 
  • Hissing: Indicates that water is dripping on a hot burner. This means the tank is leaking, and the pilot light is in danger of going out. 
  • Thumping: Thumping occurs when sediment is heated at the bottom of the tank. Flushing the tank is the only option. 
  • Screeching: A valve is partially closed, restricting flow. 

Water heater maintenance can address all these noises and prevent them before they start. This fall, take the opportunity and schedule water heater maintenance from a reputable company. 

About C. Woods Company

C. Woods Company is a locally-owned plumbing contractor with an attractive service agreement. With routine heating, cooling, and plumbing maintenance, homeowners can have the peace of mind that every system in their home is ready for the year. Call today for plumbing services in Tyler, TX.