When it comes to strange noises in water pipes, there are some that are perfectly normal and others that are real problems. Many homeowners worry the sounds in their Macomb County plumbing could be a sign of something very expensive. If you’ve noticed a strange noise from your water pipes or Oakland County plumbing that’s causing you to worry, we’re here to help. This list of the most common plumbing sounds will let you know when it’s okay and when you need to contact Go-To Pro Plumbing.
Rattling or vibrating pipes can cause be heard in any room of the house as you have pipes running throughout. The most common cause of rattling sounds is a loose pipe vibrating against the structure. This can be resolved by securing the pipe to a wall. A rattling noise can also be caused by water pressure that is too high. If the water pressure is too high, a pressure reducing valve can be added.
A hissing sound heard when you open the faucet is often caused by excess water pressure in your pipes. Go-To Pro Plumbing will check your water pressure and adjust accordingly.
Louder than a rattling sound, your pipes could be making a deeper thudding sound. A water hammer is caused when there is a dramatic shift in pressure due to cables that control water flow shut too quickly, sounding like they were “hammered” closed. If you have a ‘water hammer’ situation, this needs to be addressed quickly as it can cause serious and lasting damage to your pipes. If you’ve noticed the sound increasing, damage is already occurring. Go-To Pro Plumbing can add arrestors to the pipes to reduce the water hammer or replace toilet fill valves so the water will not shut off too quickly. If your home was built prior to 1960, an arrestor may not have been installed.
Squealing noises occurring often resolve after a few minutes of running water from the faucet. This plumbing sound is most often caused by loose or defective internal faucet parts such as washers and valves. While annoying the screeching can be resolved by having Go-To Pro Plumbing replace or repair these defective parts.
If you hear random knocks or sudden pops in your pipes, you may have a build up of sentiment in your water heater. This will cause pressure to knock in the pipes of your walls. This can be solved by having the Go-To Pro Plumbing team flush your water heater and should be done semi-annually as part of your plumbing maintenance plan.
It sounds like water torture, and it wastes gallons of water everyday, but water drips or most commonly found at the sink or toilet and easily fixed. If the source of the drip isn’t as obvious, Go-To Pro Plumbing can check other parts of your plumbing to find (and fix) the source of the problem.
If you are hearing high-pitched squeaks or whistles, you could have a worn out pressure-reducing valve. Without pressure reduction, you could end up with burst pipes, overflows and major repair issues. This sound requires inspection and you should contact Go-To Pro Plumbing to schedule a call right away.
A toilet or sink that is gurgling could be a sign of a big problem. If your toilet gurgles as it runs, or your sink as it drains, it could be a worn-out valve or a faulty ballcock. If you hear gurgling when neither are in use, your main sewer line may be clogged or backed up. This could be a real plumbing emergency in the making. Contact Go-To Pro Plumbing to schedule a call right away.
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