29 Dec. 20

5 Funny Noises from Your Plumbing and How to Stop Them

Dripping faucet

Did you know that an average household leaks is accountable for about 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year? You could just imagine the amount of money you could have saved if there were no leaking pipe in your household. The most common areas in the home where leaks or drips are found are the old bathtub, worn-out toilet flappers, and leaking valves. A dripping faucet can be easily fixed even with a few tools and some DIY plumbing skills. Identify first where the dripping noise is coming. Make sure to turn off the water supply too.

Banging pipe

Another common noise that you may hear on your plumbing system is the banging sound. It is typically caused by water hammers and air bubbles that are trapped inside. Water hammer happens when the valve is suddenly shut off, causing the rushing water to collide with the closed valve. Problems in the water line cause trapped air bubbles on the other hand. When a banging pipe happens, you may try to fix the issue by resetting the water system’s air chamber. First, turn off the main water supply to the home and then open all of the faucets to empty the pipes.

Whistling pipes

Several issues can cause whistling pipes. If the whistling sound happens in just one faucet, then the problem could be localized in that particular faucet such as a dirty aerator or a worn-out washer. You can just clean up the aerator or replace the washer to stop the problem. However, if the whistling noise is heard throughout the house, then the issue must be within the plumbing system. It is important to call a professional plumbing company to determine its cause and fix it.

Whooshing and rumbling shower

If you hear a whooshing or rumbling sound as you take your shower, then your pipe may be telling you an issue. The problem could be coming from the water heater or in the pipe itself. If you haven’t maintained your water heater in a while, then make sure to flush it as mineral sediments can accumulate in it causing the whooshing sound. It is important to have your plumbing pipes professionally cleaned too.

Rattling pipes

Sometimes, the noise that you hear on your plumbing system is caused by issues found outside the pipes. Typically, the pipes are fastened securely in its place. However, due to high water pressure rushing through the pipes, the pipes can get loose or fall away from its place. This issue can be fixed by fastening the pipe tightly back in its place.