Why Are My Plumbing Pipes Noisy?
When you run water through your pipes, you should not hear any sounds until the water hits your pipes and you hear the water coming out. Unfortunately though, at times, you may hear strange sounds coming from your pipes when you run water through them. Typically, this indicates that there is an issue that may need to be corrected by a plumbing professional. Here are three fairly common sounds you may hear coming from your plumbing pipes and why you may be hearing this noise.
Loud Pounding Noises
If you hear loud, pounding noises coming from your pipes, you may have an issue that is known as water hammering. Water hammering is caused by fast-moving water that does not have an air cushion to stop it before it hits your faucet. As such, the fast-moving water hits your faucet, creating the loud sound that you hear. Unfortunately, the fast-moving water can also slam into your faucet, causing damage. Most modern faucets have an air cushion in place to prevent this noise and stop damage, but if the faucet is damaged, you may hear this sound.
Whistling Noise in Pipes
Another sound you may hear in your pipes is a whistling sound. The whistling sound is created when air is moving through your pipes incorrectly. There are a few reasons why this may occur. You may have mineral build-up in your pipes, a bad pressure regulator or a crack in your pipes letting air in or out. If you hear whistling, you need to have your pipes inspected to determine what the issue is and how to correct it.
Rattling or Banging Sounds
The last sound that you may hear is a rattling or banging sound. Some people say it sounds like chains clanking together. The pipes behind your walls are held in place by brackets. As the brackets age, they can break. When they break, your pipes can begin to move and shift. They can start banging against the wood framework behind your wall as water travels through them, cause the banging, rattling or clanking sound you hear. A plumber should be called in to determine what pipes are banging and to place new brackets around the pipes. If the pipes continue to move and bang, it can cause them to crack or break, leading to possible water leaks or flooding.
Are you hearing a strange sound that seems to be coming from your pipes? If so, you should schedule a plumbing inspection today. Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain can help you with all of your plumbing needs, including inspections and repairs. Give us a call now to schedule your appointment.