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'Will only get worse!' 5 noises you should never ignore in your home – or risk paying £300


Unusual noises in your home can happen for many reasons though they usually stem from the same common culprits. Windows, boilers, radiators, walls, and taps can all make strange sounds at times, often meaning that something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed. According to an expert at Toolstation, some of these issues can directly affect the heating of your property, meaning you could be paying more on your bills and not receiving the full impact. 

As the cost of living continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to regularly check your house and solve problems as quickly as possible. While most issues are relatively “simple fixes”, Toolstation explained that waiting too long to take action can cost far more – particularly when it comes to pests, plumbing and heating issues.

Whistling windows

A spokesperson said: “Whistling window most likely means you have a draught coming through badly fitted doors and windows. This could cost an estimated £5-10 to fix with seals and draught excluder.

“Stopping draughts is a simple fix, but if ignored it will only get worse. Plus, as well as letting the cold air in, you’re also letting the warm air out so it’s also making your home much less energy efficient.”

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A hissing radiator

Looking after your radiators is essential to make the most of your central heating, so if you notice a “hissing” noise, it probably means you need to bleed them.

This cheap fix costs just £1-£3, though it could be much more if the sound is accompanied by loud thumping or other noises.

According to Mark, a Chesire-based expert trade professional, leaving your radiator to hiss can lead to other problems that are much worse than the original issue.

He said: “Firstly, trapped air means your heating will reduce despite you having it on, wasting your money. Leaving it for long enough will cause knock-on problems to the whole of your system and you’ll eventually have to call in a plumber. This will substantially increase the cost to fix.”

A “popping” boiler

As a matter of safety, noises from your boiler should always be investigated immediately.

According to Toolstation, a “bubbling” or “popping” sound could indicate low pressure or “kittling” which cost an estimated £75-£300 to fix.

Trade expert, Mark said: “This sound could either be low water pressure or, more seriously, kettling. This is when the heat exchanged overheats and produces steam bubbles.

“When the bubbles move to a colder area, they make this bubbling sound. If it is the latter, this would require calling in a heating professional.”

Scratching in the walls

Hearing this sound in your walls at night is not only unusual but also a matter of urgency. Toolstation explained that in most cases, this is a sign of a severe pest problem.

They said: “This could mean rats or mice have found their way into the home via an opening or small hole in the foundations. This might be paired with finding small droppings around the home, teeth marks or pungent smells.”

Solving this problem alone isn’t easy so you will need to call a pest control professional, costing between £90 and £240 on average.

Mark explained that if this is ignored, the pests could create a nest within your walls and start chewing through important wires. Ultimately this can cause more serious problems and raise the cost to fix as you’d have to call out an electrician in addition to pest control.

Dripping taps

Just like heating, plumbing issues are just as costly to ignore as they are to solve. If the money doesn’t get spent on fixing it, there’s no doubt that your water bill will go up as a result of dripping taps.

Drips could mean a bust pipe which almost certainly requires a plumber’s help, costing an estimated £160-£360.

It could be a broken tap or failed washer which is much cheaper to fix, though it is important to do it sooner rather than later.

Mark said: “Although a simple fix, ignoring it could lead to increased water bills due to continuous dripping. So to save money in the long run, it’s always good to tackle it straight away.”


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