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Why is My Plumbing Making So Much Noise?

We’ve all been there — sitting at home and suddenly hearing bangs, clinks and cracks coming from our homes. But what are these things that go bump in the night and should you be worried? Let’s start by saying, they probably aren’t your late Aunt Sally.

The good news is that most of these noises can be safely ignored. But if you hear these sounds coming from your plumbing, listen closely, as they may indicate a more serious issue.

Here are some reasons for noisy pipes and what you can do about them:

Water Hammer

This noise indeed sounds like someone is banging a hammer against your pipes! It happens when a faucet is opened, allowed to run for a bit, then quickly shut — causing the rushing water to slam against the shut-off valve.

To remedy this, you’ll need to check and refill your air chamber. Air chambers are filled with — you guessed it — air and help absorb the shock of moving water (that comes to a sudden stop). Over time, these chambers can fill with water, making them less effective.

You’ll want to turn off your home’s water supply, then open ALL faucets (from the bathroom sink to outdoor hose bib) to drain your pipes. Then, turn the water back on and hopefully the noise stops! If you’re still hearing the sound, give us a call to examine further.

Whistles

Whistling sounds can be frustrating, as sometimes the source isn’t easily identified. However, if you can pinpoint which faucet or valve that may be the cause, you’ll likely encounter a worn gasket or washer — an easy fix if you replace the worn parts!

Whistling sounds from elsewhere can mean a number of things — from high water pressure to mineral deposits. Your best plan of attack here is to give our plumbing experts a call. We’ll be able to determine where the noise is coming from and what the cause may be, then recommend an effective fix!

Cracks or Ticks

Cracking or ticking typically comes from hot water going through cold, copper pipes. This causes the copper to expand resulting in a cracking or ticking sound. Once the pipes stop expanding, the noise should stop as well.

Pro tip: you may want to lower the temperature of your water heater to see if that helps lessen the sound, or wrapping the pipe in insulation can also help muffle the noise.

Bangs

Bangs typically come from water pressure that’s too high. To test for high water pressure, get a pressure gauge and attach it to your faucet. Water pressure should be no higher than 80 psi (pounds per square inch) and also no lower than 40 psi. If you find a number greater than 80 psi, then you’ve found your problem!

Next step is to give us a call in order to install a pressure regulator. Trust us, you don’t want to wait to resolve this issue. Not only is the sound annoying, but high water pressure can be destructive to your home — including damaging certain appliances, like your washer and dishwasher.

Dripping

You might be accustom to the slow quiet drip your kitchen faucet makes. You might have even tuned out your bathroom sink dripping and drabbing all day long — but it’s time to find its cause.

A slow drip could signify a variety of easy to fix issues, such as a worn out O ring, or loose part. And by ignoring the drip, you could be wasting up to 2,000 gallons of water a year! So start conserving water — get it looked at ASAP.

For Noisy Pipes, Contact Essig Plumbing & Heating for Professional Plumbing Help

When it comes to plumbing issues — from noisy pipes to leaky faucets — the professionals at Essig Plumbing & Heating have you covered! We are fast, reliable, and on standby for all your emergency plumbing needs 7 days a week. Give us a call today at (610) 557-3302 or schedule your appointment online!

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