How to Fix Noisy Pipes
How to Fix Noisy Pipes
Pipes are an integral structural component of your plumbing system. Even if one gets cracked or rusted, the entire home’s water supply will be affected. Whether you’re dealing with high water bills or are experiencing a change in how your water tastes—the answers lie in your pipes.
If you’re not too careful about their maintenance, they will corrode, rusted, or make weird noises. Yes, you read that last one right. Weird noises coming from your pipes indicate a greater concern and need your immediate attention.
Here’s how you can fix the issue:
Identify the underlying cause
The kind of noises you hear will vary. Your pipes may sound like they’re gurgling, humming, rattling, or squealing. This usually happens as a result of vibrations in the pipes. Pipes vibrate when water exerts great pressure on the inner walls of the pipes—more than they can stand.
A gurgling noise occurs when there’s a drainage issue and the water has difficulty passing through. This normally happens when there is some kind of obstruction or blockage. Common obstructions include soap buildup, debris, or hard water deposits.
It’s also likely that something’s wrong with the water pressure. If air bubbles are trapped inside the pipe, you may also hear banging sounds. You’ll have to get in touch with a professional plumbing service to get to the root of the issue.
Adjust water pressure
Adjusting the water pressure may help quiet the noises coming out of your pipes. You can do so by checking the main supply regulator. Ideally, the water pressure should be somewhere between 30 to 55 pounds per square inch. All you need is a screwdriver and you can easily adjust the pressure on your own.
If your house doesn’t have a water pressure regulator, you should get one installed. Not only will it help you keep these noises under control, but it will also prevent damage to your appliances.
Water pressure regulators are installed at the point where water enters the house.
Look for water hammers
‘Water hammer’ refers to a deafening sound that is heard when water finds it hard to escape a narrow pipe. This mostly happens when there is an unexpected closed valve somewhere in the middle of the pipe and the water flow comes to a halt suddenly. This noise is sudden and loud.
To avoid water hammers, you need to get air chambers installed within the pipes. These cushion the water and keep it from slamming against the walls of the pipes. Only a professional plumbing service will be able to guide you about the right spots to construct the air chamber.
No matter what’s wrong with your plumbing line, Pro Serve Plumbing will always be there to save the day. We offer emergency plumbing services for households in Fort Worth. Head over to our website to drop us a message.