Noisy Pipes? What Do Those Noises Mean?
Do you ever hear whistling, clanging, rattling or banging noises coming from the pipes in your home? Yes, these noises can be quite startling, they can also be a sign that there may be a problem with your plumbing.
Whistling noises can be caused by blocked pipes. Blockages that are more minor can occur at valves, faucets and shower heads. Pipe maintenance, tightening valves and cleaning shower heads can often fix these. Clogged pipes, however, can be more serious because the extra pressure is hard on plumbing and can lead to a pipe breaking. Professional plumbers are the best solution to fix the blockages in your pipes.
The banging noises often comes from high water pressure. If the water is off and the banging persists, it's likely caused by high water pressure. Similar noises could also be a result of trapped air, which can be resolved by draining pipes to get rid of air pockets. On the other hand, water pressure can result in leaking due to loose pipe connections. If damage from high water pressure goes unaddressed, it can make a pipe burst.
Water speed changes are likely the cause if there is a clanging noise whenever a faucet or shower is shut off. The clanging comes from the pipe vibrating at the change of the waters speed. The change in its momentum can be normal but on rare occasions it can cause pipe connections to loosen or leak. Anti-hammer devices can help with this problem.
By paying attention to what your plumbing is telling you and by doing regular maintenance, you can help to reduce the chances of calling in the professionals to fix a broken pipe later down the line.
Should you experience the inconvenience of a broken pipe in your home and need help with the cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Henderson County is one phone call away 828-692-3337