Decoding Your Plumbing Noises
It is easy to take your plumbing system for granted, especially if it is working silently and smoothly. However, you may hear some odd noises coming from your pipes from time to time. Here is some help determining what those noises might mean and when your system’s operation is threatened. Of course, calling a professional plumber is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis of your plumbing sounds. Are you hearing any of the following plumbing noises?
Hissing: If you hear a hissing sound coming from your sink or other fixtures, it is likely a sign that your water pressure is too high. Be careful, as this can overstress your pipes and increase your water bill.
Thudding or Hammering: The distinctive thud you hear after you turn off a faucet can be another clue that your pressure is too high. A regulator can help maintain proper PSI levels or you can install an air chamber or shock absorber in your pipes to lessen the sound.
Whistling: A whistling pipe can mean two things, either your water pressure is too low or there is air or debris in your pipes. To resolve the latter issue, turn off your main shutoff valve and run the faucet until the water drains out, then open the valve again. If that helps, then you’ve found the source of your whistle.
Rattling: When you flush your toilet or drain your bath water, does it sound as if your pipes are shaking or rattling? They may actually be loose and simply need to be tightened up for calmer draining.
Gurgling from the Drain: This could be an indication that your vent pipe is blocked, which is preventing water from draining well and may even be producing a foul odor in your home. Consider having your vent opening professionally inspected.
Shower Whooshing: If you hear a whoosh when you take your shower, it is likely a result of mineral buildup in your pipes or hot water heater. This issue is more common in households that have hard water. Consider a water softener or schedule a professional pipe cleaning/flushing.
When in optimal health, your plumbing system should do its job quietly and predictably. If you are hearing strange sounds when you use water in your home, it is best to let a professional investigate them. An unusual noise from your pipes could be your plumbing system’s first cry for help before further complications become more evident.
Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing