Unwanted Plumbing Noises
Orlando Homes Should Not Ignore The Noise On Their Pipes.
Your peaceful Saturday morning is interrupted by what sounds like a drum circle taking place in your bathroom. If you live alone and your plumbing makes all sorts of weird noises,”Where is that sounds coming from?” you ask yourself, it’s certainly hard not to get spooked. It is especially easy to get spooked on cold nights when the plumbing is more likely to rattle. There can be different noises; some sound like banging or even a loud pitch noise.
There are many potential reasons for pipe noises in the wall. Much depends on whether the problem started suddenly, or if it’s been going on for as long as you can remember. If the sound has been around a while with no other symptoms (I.e., no leaks or loss of pressure), there may be a pipe inside that wall that is not properly attached or strapped down, or its strap has come loose.
Here’s what might be causing your noisy water pipe problem. So, let us take a look on those sounds that your plumbing is making.
You’re lying in bed after a long day of work and Netflix, and suddenly you hear it: A strange gurgling coming from the basement, a clanging from the walls, a soft hissing in the bathroom.
These aren’t horror movie sound effects; they’re coming from inside your plumbing.
Our plumbing makes noises all the time, but some sounds are a little more concerning than others. Here are some common sounds you may hear from your plumbing, and what those noises can tell you about troubles in your system.
1. Hissing Faucets
If you hear a hiss when you first turn on your faucet, it might be a sign of excessive water pressure. Before going at your tap with a wrench, try calling your local water company – your area’s water pressure may be to blame.
2. Whistling Toilets
Does your toilet’s pipe suddenly start whistling, seemingly at random? There may be a leak in your toilet’s fill valve causing water to escape. Check your toilet’s tank and try adjusting the valve by hand. If the problem continues, reach out to your plumber.
3. Vibrating Toilets
If you hear a loud vibrating sound coming from the wall behind your toilet after you flush, it’s time to check the fill valve again. Over time, fill valves can “go bad” and become dried out or broken. When this happens, the valve can cause a rattling sound. If the vibrating noise stops when you lift your toilet’s valve arm, you know you’ve got a problem, and it may be time to replace the mechanism.
4. Banging in the Pipes
When turning your faucet on and off leads to a loud thudding or banging sound, it could be one of two things:
- Banging, shuddering noises may signal that you have loose pipes. If a pipe is not well-secured in your wall, it may move and rattle under pressure, creating a loud banging sound when water pressure comes to a stop.
- If your pipes are secure, thudding may be due to a water hammer. Water hammer occurs when a pipe flexes to absorb the force of stopping water; the sound comes from the vibrating wave of pressure from the water. Water hammer can be easily fixed by having a plumber install air chambers or shock absorbers at the problem sites in your plumbing.
5. Rumbling Water Heater
A water heater that grumbles like a stomach at Thanksgiving may have built-up sediment. Over time, some materials – mostly loose minerals, including calcium – pile up at the bottom of your heater, trapping water and causing it to boil up as steam bubbles. This build up forces your heater to use up more gas or energy, making your heater less efficient – and sending your bills skyrocketing. To save money in the long run, it’s best to hire a professional to flush out your hot water heater.
How to stop those creepy sounds in your pipes?
It is important to remember that plumbing and septic systems are very complicated and require the expertise of a professional plumber. There are small and easy things you can do to correct a plumbing problem, but for the serious problems, a professional plumber has the qualifications and experience to make the proper repair. Call our experts today: (407) 641-1544.
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