Archive for Halloween

Next time you hear that inexplicable clank in the middle of the night, no need to fret; our plumber friends at RotoRooter attempt to explain the “paranormal” pipe activity this Halloween:

It is the season of ghosts and goblins, when people like a good scare in the spirit of Halloween, but what about the other 11 months of the year? We have listed the top 10 cities notorious for being the most haunted places in the U.S., reportedly home to many inexplicable, ghostly encounters of sight and sound.  

While we cannot account for the visions some claim to experience, many homeowners who find they are jumping at crashes, clanks and bumps in the night, might consider calling in an expert… a plumbing expert.  Below is a list of the 10 most haunted cities, along with the five most common plumbing noises confused for paranormal frights.    

According to, a popular list website, the Top Ten Haunted U.S. Cities are:

  1. New Orleans, LA
  2. Savannah, GA
  3. Gettysburg, PA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Salem, MA
  6. Charleston, SC
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Athens, OH
  9. Key West, FL
  10. San Francisco, CA

Plumbers Explain the Paranormal

What do these places have in common that helps to explain their haunted atmospheres? History! These are some of the oldest, most traveled cities, and historic areas have historic buildings and homes. Older homes may come with some ghosts, but they also tend to come with some noises that can be more easily explained.

A common complaint of clanging or rattling is usually a culprit of unsecure piping and walls that are not insulated.

Additionally, old metal pipes, as opposed to standard use of plastic today, expand and contract with hot water usage creating horrifying hissing or creepy cracking sounds.

Simple kinetic energy accounts for one of the loudest plumbing problems, called a water hammer. Water hammers typically occur when dishwashers, washing machines or toilets suddenly stop the flow of water and the pipes absorb the shock from the stopped force.  When the water is shutoff, there is a loud banging sound.