Don’t Ignore Your Noisy Pipes

It is easy to adjust to or ignore strange noises in your home. A creak here or light thud there in the middle of the night might startle you, but most are likely harmless. But, there are some noises, like banging or hissing pipes or rattling noises, that you should not ignore. Noisy water pipes can be a sign of a serious problem with your home’s plumbing you shouldn’t ignore. Here are some reasons to have a licensed plumber inspect your pipes.

Too Much Pressure?

Noisy Water Pipes. But even worse, it could also shorten the life of your water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, or other appliances that use water in your home. Modern homes are likely equipped with a pressure regulator installed near your water’s main valve in your home. But if you have an older home, you might not have a regulator increasing the risk of water pressure that strains your appliances. A plumber can fix a high water pressure problem with a water pressure regulator that will keep the pressure limited to no more than the recommended threshold of 80 pounds per square inch.

Loud Thud? Could Be A Water Hammer!

Water hammer issues happen in piping systems where valves control water flow. When a pressure surge or shock wave flows through the system, the materials are forced to change direction or stop abruptly, causing the hammer noise.

Water hammer arrestors absorb the shock of these flow changes through a shut-off valve or pressure-reducing valves that protect against the potentially damaging effects of the hammering. Air chamber pipes can also help with water hammer noises.

Gurgling Noises in the Drain

Sometimes, plumbing systems begin to run into problems with the flow of water when attempting to drain out excess water or waste. In this situation, you will hear a glug-glug-glug-glug-glug in the walls or drain.

This gurgling or glugging noise could indicate a clogged passage in the piping. This could be an object that’s fallen down the drain or something such as soap or dirt buildup in the pipes that requires drain cleaning.

The Pipes are Whistling

There are two types of whistling in plumbing systems: whistling in the pipe system and whistling by certain faucets or valves. Whistling can come from many different sources, depending on the location and frequency. It’s important to have a professional plumber evaluate the whistling to assess the total situation and replace all the parts that are worn.

Whistling Can Occur From:

  • A worn or loose washer
  • Loose brass screw
  • Loose pipes
  • Grimy aerator inside the faucet itself
  • A whistling toilet that quiets down after the tank is filled usually needs a new ballcock valve.
  • A toilet that whistles all the time probably has an issue with the vertical pipe overflow tube
  • Too much mineral buildup
  • A worn main water supply valve
  • An ineffective pressure regulator

 

Need to schedule an appointment to have your noisy pipes checked? Give us a call at Brevard’s Best Plumbing to schedule an appointment today.