Why Are My Water Pipes Making Noise?

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Are you bothered by the noise coming from your home’s plumbing pipes? We know how annoying and frustrating these sounds can get, but when you do notice it, consider it as your home’s way of telling you that something is wrong with it.

Keep in mind that water pipes undergo changes in pressure and temperature, which can then affect their function. So when you hear sounds coming from your pipes, this could mean there is a serious plumbing issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

In this article, we’ll explore the different types of sounds from your pipes that you may encounter and explain the possible causes.

1. Banging or Sputtering

A banging or sputtering noise may be caused by trapped air bubbles or water hammers. When you shut off a valve or a faucet suddenly, water with a high momentum rushing to the exit will cause a loud banging noise when it hits the closed valve. Additionally, when air gets trapped in your pipes, you may notice a banging noise or sputtering sound when you first turn the valve or faucet on. Simply put, banging noises usually point to issues in water flow or pressure.

2. Humming or Vibrating

If your pipes seem to be vibrating or making a humming sound, especially when the water is running, it could mean the pressure is too high for the capacity of your plumbing system. If your home relies on well water, you might find this problem to be common so make sure to keep the pressure at the tank in check.

Ideally, the setting shouldn’t be higher than 55 pounds per square inch. However, if you can’t access your water pressure reading, call a professional to test the pressure and make the necessary adjustments for you.

3. Whistling or Squeaking

Your plumbing system includes smaller components such as washers. When these are worn out or broken, you will hear whistling or squeaking noise when they are used. If this happens, we recommend that you contact a reliable plumber who can examine all valve components and ensure that they are working properly.

4. Rattling

In order to hold pipes in place, they are fastened securely on the walls, ceiling, or floors. So when these fasteners get loose or break, you may start to hear rattling sounds when the water moves through the pipes. Simply have them fastened again in place to eliminate the noise.

Final Thoughts

When our pipes are working properly, we tend to neglect them. However, as responsible homeowners, we also need to keep them well-maintained and have any damages repaired right away to prevent the problem from getting worse.

If you can’t seem to determine the cause of your plumbing pipes making strange noises, it is highly recommended to contact a reputable plumbing company for a thorough diagnosis of your home’s plumbing condition. Whether you need them cleaned, reattached, or have the system calibrated, we’ve got you covered! Give us a call at (702) 766-9436 or contact us here.

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