The source of noisy pipe problems is usually found during a household plumbing inspection. Most of the problems can be traced by the homeowner, but a licensed and insured plumbing specialist is able to make necessary repairs that the homeowner may not have experience with. To illustrate how varied noisy pipes can be, here are 4 common reasons for noisy pipes.
1. Valves Not Fully Open
One of the first things to check in a home plumbing inspection is the condition of the valves in the plumbing system. Valves that are partially clogged or not fully open can cause vibrations and squealing sounds. Defined simply, the noise is a result of water flow being squeezed off, similar to the sound made by reducing airflow out of a balloon.
2. Too Much Pressure
A common problem known as “water hammering”: is the result of over-pressurized water lines. When the flow is turned off, a sudden backup in the lines causes them to shake. Other related noises will develop over time, including a banging or knocking sound. Water hammering may be more noticeable when using appliances such as washers because those machines have immediate full cutoffs that instantly stop the flow.
3. Drains Partially Clogged
Drains that are starting to clog will produce a variety of symptoms that include gurgling noises, odors, and the drain not operating as well as it once did. One common sign of a drain getting clogged is a toilet that doesn’t flush with the same force. It may be working satisfactorily, but not as well as you recall, and that may be a sign of plumbing problems on the horizon.
4. Loose Pipes in the Walls
Pipes that are improperly secured inside your walls may move around when toilets are flushed or faucets turned on or off. As they move, they can knock against the inside of the walls or against the framing or other covered items causing knocks or rattling noises. This problem may be caused by water hammering, but it is also common in older houses and is closely connected to the age of the home.
Contractor or DIY?
Some plumbing noises can be fixed by the homeowner, such as checking that the valves are fully operational, but other solutions involve experienced plumbing contractors. Keep in mind that securing plumbing inside your walls or repairing a clogged sewer line may involve things like opening the wall or trenchless sewer replacement. If you aren’t sure you can fix the problem, enlisting the assistance of a licensed and insured professional is your best course of action.
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating
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