When I was 4 years old, my dad decided that it was time to get indoor plumbing in the house he had built for his family. Watching the water get sucked down the toilet when it was flushed looked so scary – I thought I was going to be sucked down, too! No matter how my parents tried to comfort and reassure me that the toilet would not suck me down into the sewer, I insisted on continuing to use the outhouse. As a grown woman, I am now used to using toilets, but every time I flush I jump back a few inches… just in case.
Of course, my problem was psychological and not paranormal, but there are many people who have scary experiences with their plumbing who assume it is ghostly activity. According to Roto-Rooter, historic cities have very old buildings and homes, which may come with ghostly encounters, but they also tend to come with noises that have an explanation.
Top 10 Haunted U.S. Cities
TopTenz.com, a popular list website, has compiled a list of the Top Ten Haunted U.S. Cities:
New Orleans, LA
Key West, FL
San Francisco, CA
Roto-Rooter Explains Paranormal Activity
Clanging or rattling sounds are usually because of unsecured piping and walls that are insulated. Hissing or cracking sounds are due to old metal pipes, which expand and contract every time you use hot water. Loud banging sounds, called water hammers, are the loudest and scariest sounds, but the cause is simple kinetic energy. They happen when toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines suddenly stop the flow of water and the pipes absorb the shock. Even simple things like air in the lines, unbracketed pipes can cause ghostly sounds.
Roto-Rooter has an excellent video which shows examples of how the paranormal can be explained by a plumbing expert! I invite you to watch it!
Roto-Rooter Fall Plumbing Tips
Roto-Rooter has several fall plumbing tips that will help keep your pipes in tip top shape:
- Disconnect outside water hoses and make sure they are not dripping or leaking. If your pipes freeze, then water pressure builds, which causes cracks in pipes, no matter what material it is made out of. Even a tiny crack can unleash enough water to cause a flood.
- Inspect and clean sump pump and the pit. If they are exposed to extreme cold temperatures, they can freeze, preventing them from operating.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces or garages. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around the exposed pipes to prevent freezing.
Roto-Rooter has many more fall plumbing tips on their website, which could end up saving you time and money. Remember, if you hear strange sounds in your home, it is best to call an expert plumber before a paranormal investigator. The problem could be quite simple to fix.