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Plumbing Sounds and What They Mean

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Blog Highlights

  • It is common for pipes to shake a bit when water courses through them
  • Gurgling in one sink may simply indicate that the drain is clogged
  • The sounds coming from your pipes should be considered early warning signs

Houses make various noises and sounds. Most sounds are normal and simply indicate that the different parts of your home, your air condition, plumbing, and electricity are working well. However, occasionally, there might be a sound that indicates something is wrong. If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, it’s important to understand what these sounds mean and how to solve the corresponding problem.

Banging

If you hear a loud banging sound when you turn your water on, you have what is called a water hammer. Water hammers occur when a water valve abruptly stops the water from flowing through a pipe or when the air chambers in your pipe valves fill (clog) with water. Typically, the valves should move smoothly and without too much force. If a water hammer is left untreated and the valve is not fixed, your pipes and pipe joints may suffer serious damage, leading to costly repairs.

Contact a professional plumber to help restore your pipe valves to their proper working condition or to replace them with new ones.

Shaking

It is common for pipes to shake a bit when water courses through them. However, if you can hear them shaking, they probably aren’t properly secured. The mounting straps that help secure the pipes in place can become loose after years of general wear and tear and may need to be tightened or replaced.

You can fix this problem on your own by tightening or replacing the compromised straps or contact your local plumber for professional assistance.

Gurgling

Gurgling in one sink may simply indicate that the drain is clogged and water is having trouble passing through the pipes. In this case, you’ll need to clean out the drain. You can find drain cleaning supplies at your local hardware store.

If gurgling occurs in all of your sinks and drains throughout the house you most likely have an issue with your drain vents. When drain vents get air bubbles trapped in them, a gurgling sound ensues. It’s important to have your drain vents replaced to prevent air bubbles. You should contact your local plumber to have your drain vents fixed or replaced.

Screeching

If you turn on the faucet and hear a high-pitched whine just before the water comes out, you probably have a defective part in the faucet. In this case, it’s best to just replace the whole faucet. Do it yourself or call on your local plumber to give you a hand.

The sounds coming from your pipes should be considered early warning signs that something might not be right. If you’re not sure what the problem is call your local plumber. A professional can easily identify the problem and recommend the best solution.

Are you hearing strange noises coming from your home’s pipes? Contact us today!