Houses produce noise from time to time, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear your walls producing some sounds. While there are cases where you can ignore these noises, sometimes it might be a sign that your plumbing system has some issues. As trivial as these signs might be, they have the potential to snowball into even larger problems that may cause further damage to your home.
This could mean losing some of your best décor elements to mold or even having to throw away some of your furniture due to water damage. Identifying these issues in your drainage system early is essential to rectify the mistakes at the early stages and avoid paying too much cash for ad hoc repairs. All you need is to listen to the sounds within your walls and plumbing system.
Here is a guide about what the different plumbing system sounds mean:
Hearing a banging sound in your plumbing system, often referred to as a water hammer, is a telltale sign that your pipe valves have issues. It occurs once a closed valve restricts the movement of water within a pipe. This can arise from the air chambers of your pipe valves being filled with water.
Other than the resulting noise, this problem has the potential to result in damaged pipes and loose joints which can be costly to repair. It is wise to pay for plumbing services that focus on preventative maintenance early enough to avoid any damage in your home. This will help you steer away from inconveniences such as water failing to reach your shower and sinks.
It is typical for pipes to shake as water flows through them, but the sounds should be barely audible. If you consistently hear these sounds, it means that something is loose within your piping system. In most cases, the sound will arise from loose mounting straps.
Once these straps become loose enough to no longer hold the pipes, then the pipes might become disconnected. To solve this issue, fix the loose straps or replace any part that’s already worn out. Working with a professional plumber is wise if you don’t feel comfortable reaching into your walls to fix this issue.
Gurgling sounds are often a result of clogs within your drainage system. You will notice them while draining water in the affected areas. This makes it tough for water to drain flawlessly in your bathroom, toilet or sink, among other commonly affected areas.
Alternatively, it might be caused by air bubbles trapped within your pipes. In case the gurgling is due to a clog, you will need to unclog your drain and practice enough caution to avoid a second incident. Sounds that arise from bubbles can be resolved by properly venting your drainage system.
It is common to hear hissing sounds being produced by pipes. While these sounds often go ignored, they are signs that the water reaching your home is coming at high pressure. This could gradually lead to the damage of your pipes if not solved at an early stage.
Simply approach your water supply company to determine whether they have increased the pressure of your water at all. In case your water comes from a well, talk to your plumber to come and assess the situation. Once the pressure is reduced, you are bound to hear less hissing sounds.
Plumbing sounds have volumes to tell you about the health of your plumbing system, so listen to them. The earlier you can detect these issues, the better it will be for your home and your comfort. Consider keeping your plumber in close reach to have these issues solved in a jiffy.
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