Your plumbing system can make all sorts of noises. Some of them are normal and others can indicate a problem. If you’re hearing frequent sounds from your plumbing system, here’s a handy guide you can use to decide whether or not it’s time to give us a call. If your noise isn’t listed or you have other questions, we will be happy to help you determine whether there’s a problem.
Plumbing is Banging
Do your pipes knock or bang? These sounds can mean different things depending on when the sound occurs.
If you hear it when the water is running, the most likely culprit is high water pressure. You can test this yourself using a water pressure test gauge, or you can call us in. If the pressure is too high, we’ll adjust it or get you a new pressure-reducing valve.
If you hear it when you turn the water off, you’re probably hearing a water hammer. This happens when a lot of water slams against a valve that has suddenly closed. Homes built after the 1960s should have water hammer arrestors in the pipes to stop this. Yours may be worn out or, if your home is older, it may not have them at all.
If you hear the sound randomly throughout the day, you may have sediment built up in your water heater that’s causing the problem. Water heater repairs or a water heater flush can take care of the problem.
Plumbing is Squeaking
If your pipes squeak or whine, it’s likely you have a problem with your pressure-reducing valve. You may have several of these in your house, one for each room with water, or one for the whole home. Leaving them unrepaired can eventually cause overflows, burst pipes, and more. We’ll get you a new one so you can avoid a plumbing emergency!
Plumbing is Gurgling
If you hear bubbles or gurgles when you flush your toilet or drain your sink, it means there’s water trapped in your pipes. This can indicate a deep clog or even a sewer problem. Even if you have heard the sound for months or as long as you’ve owned your house, it means there’s an issue somewhere that will eventually need to be taken care of.
Call us whenever you need plumbing repairs, including water heater repairs, clogged drains, sewer repairs, and more. We can even fix overflowing toilets and frozen pipes. Make your appointment today!
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