01 Nov 6 Solutions for Strange Plumbing Noises
When it comes to our plumbing, strange noises in the pipes, walls and the bathroom can all become a cause for concern and irritation when they continue over a long period of time. Despite simply being annoying, many homeowners worry that the sounds they hear in their plumbing could be a sign of something more sinister. If you’ve noticed a strange noise from your pipes or plumbing that’s causing you to worry, it’s a good idea to investigate the possible causes and correct the issue. Here we’ve compiled a list of reasons and solutions for unusual sounds from your plumbing, so you can quieten noisy pipes and ensure your plumbing is functioning normally.
Rattling, vibrating pipes can cause a noise disturbance anywhere in your home, not just in the bathroom, as the pipes run behind the walls throughout your home. One of the most obvious causes for a rattling pipe is a loose pipe – securing the pipe to a wall should mostly resolve the issue. Vibrating and shaking pipes can also be caused by water pressure that is too high. Your local plumber can inform you of the average water pressure in your local area, and test the pressure of the water flowing through your pipes. If the local pressure is too high, your plumber can add a pressure-reducing valve to help manage the issue.
Thudding and Shuddering Pipes
Another cause of plumbing vibration, or in more serious cases, thudding and shuddering pipes, is the ‘water hammer’ effect. A water hammer is caused by fast closing valves that shut water flow off quickly, causing the water to stop in the pipes and produce the resulting ‘hammer’ effect. The ‘water hammer’ effect can cause serious and lasting damage to your pipes, and an increasingly loud water hammer effect could be a sign of a worsening problem. Your plumber can add an arrestor to your pipes to reduce the hammer effect, or alternatively, replace toilet fill valves with slow-shutting fill valves to prevent the water shutting off too quickly.
A hissing sound that comes when you open the faucet can also be caused by excess water pressure in your pipes. An evaluation of water pressure from your local plumber and the installation of a pressure reducing valve should stop water hissing.
Squealing or Screeching
A squealing or screeching noise that occurs as soon as you turn on your faucet can be quite startling, although it often resolves after a few minutes of running the water. This kind of plumbing sound signifies loose or defective internal parts such as washers and valves, but fortunately, the screeching can be resolved by having your plumber replace or repair these parts.
Trickling or Dripping
There’s few sounds that are more irritating than the sound of a dripping faucet or a running toilet. Unfortunately, these drips can also waste gallons of water a day. Have your local plumber check your faucets, pipes, connections and other parts of your plumbing if you hear dripping and trickling, even if you can’t pinpoint the exact cause of it.
A toilet that is gurgling could be a sign of a more serious problem. If your toilet gurgles as it runs, it could simply be a sign of a worn-out valve or a faulty ballcock. However, if your toilet is gurgling with no water running, it could be a sign your main sewer line is clogged or backed up. This can mean that expensive sewer line repair or replacement is on the cards. If this is the case, call your plumber as soon as possible to work out how to resolve the issue and avoid a complete sewage backup.
While plumbing noises can range from the annoying to the alarming, with this guide you can help to identify those unusual plumbing noises, and be sure to contact your local plumber if you hear worrisome, persistent or particularly loud noises from your plumbing.