While you enjoy the varying water temperatures and speed of the water, your home plumbing pipes quietly suffer. Only when they begin making some strange noises, do you realize that they need attention.
Sometimes noisy pipes can just be a result of high water pressures, but sometimes they are prompting a greater plumbing issue. Such serious issues possess a serious threat to the overall plumbing system. Moreover, noisy pipes do not just create plumbing inconveniences, they also create an unsettling and uncomfortable environment. Hence, it is extremely important to know what exactly the noises are and what is causing those noises.
Banging Noise: Sudden Water Halt
Have you ever turned off a faucet or valve with a jerk after the water had been flowing with force? If yes, you should know what happens when you do that. Stopping the water flow with such a halt creates air bubbles or air hammers. This happens because the water that was running towards the exit was of great momentum and when the faucet is turned off, the water bangs on the closed valve. This results in a forceful, banging noise.
Gurgling Noise: Difficulty in Draining
Your home plumbing pipes are only efficient in draining water. However, sometimes people have knowingly or unknowingly mistaken it for a waste disposal unit. People tend to throw grease residues or soap residues in the drain or toilet papers and other unwanted things down the drain. While all these things might not affect you immediately, they can immensely affect your pipes later. Such unwanted things, when going down the drain, accumulate and cause difficulty for water to drain smoothly. This difficulty in draining can be sensed when your drains or pipes making a rough gurgling noise.
Humming or Vibrating Noise: Extreme Water Pressure
As a homeowner, you know better than anyone about the amount of water pressure that your home plumbing pipes can withhold. If the water pressure is too high or is against your plumbing system’s capacity, your pipes start to vibrate and make a humming noise. To not let the water pressure take a toll on your pipes, make sure that you keep track of the pressure and adjust it according to your plumbing needs. The maximum force of water for any plumbing system should not be more than 80 pounds per square inch.
Rattling Noise: Loosely Fitted Pipes
Since your home plumbing pipes are not visible to you, you never know if they have suffered damage behind those walls. Most of the time these pipes make rattling noises due to poor fitting to the wall. These fittings tend to come off which causes the pipes to shake violently when water moves through that particular section of the pipe. You won’t realize it until you get a professional to check the problem. So, as soon as you hear such rattling noise, hire a plumber and get it checked at the earliest.
Whistling Noise: Wore Out Washer
Home Plumbing pipes are not the only ones responsible for a smooth water flow inside your homes. Your pipes consist of various small components like the mini valves or washers. These components may sometimes break or wear out and disrupt the flow of water through your pipes. Such damage to the small components causes the plumbing system to make a whistling or squealing noise.
Any kind of noise that your pipes emit should not be considered minor, even if they seem minor. As soon as such strange noises start hampering your water flow and peace, consult Capital Plumbing & Heating.