What Different Pipe Noises Mean

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What Different Pipe Noises Mean

We are all familiar with certain noises coming from our homes. Some happen frequently enough that we don’t think twice about them, but others can be cause for concern. This is especially true with your home’s plumbing system. Some squeaks and thumps are to be expected, but if they continually happen, you may need to take a more in-depth look into them to ensure your home isn’t in any danger.

Faucet Squeaks

One of the most common noises you may hear is the sound of a high pitched squeak when you turn your faucet on and off. This happens when a part of the faucet has failed. The easiest way to fix this is simply to replace the broken part. This is a relatively inexpensive fix, and many faucets have lifetime guarantees, which makes the cost even cheaper.

Water Hammer

When the water flowing through your pipes get stopped suddenly by something like shutting off a water tap, it can cause a banging noise. This noise is commonly referred to as water hammer. Water hammer has a very distinct sound and is easy to identify because of the loud smacking noise. It can also cause damage to you pipes by loosening the joints. Because of this, severe water hammer should be fixed by a plumbing professional.

Gurgling Drains

Another common sound coming from pipes is a gurgling noise. Gurgling in your drains tends to be caused by a clog that is restricting water flow. In order to prevent air bubbles, drains need to be properly vented. If they aren’t vented correctly there is a good chance your drains will gurgle, and it can damage them. You may have a problem with your drain vents if the gurgling occurs anytime you use your drain.

Shaking Noises

No matter how secure your pipes are, they will shake a little when water goes through them. Generally you won’t be able to hear this noise, because the vibrations aren’t strong enough. However, if you do hear a noise, chances are your pipes need to be secured better. Your pipe’s mounting straps may need to be tightened. If this doesn’t help, you should consider adding more straps to better secure you pipes. Adding straps may be out of the scope of what many homeowners are comfortable with, so seeking out a professional is a great idea. 

Contact A Trusted Plumber

No matter what plumbing noise you have, if you hear a noise and don’t know what’s causing it, reach out to a licensed, local plumbing company to make sure you home is in tip-top shape.

 

By | 2018-06-22T20:06:56+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Plumbing|0 Comments

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