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11 Aug

What Are the Typical Noises from Your Plumbing, And How to Make Them Stop?

Everyone relies on their plumbing systems to deliver the water that we use on a daily basis.  For instance, we use water every day in our bathrooms to bath or shower and dispose of waste, water in our kitchens for cooking and washing dishes, and water in our laundry rooms for washing our clothes.  Unfortunately, we often take our plumbing systems for granted until components need repairs or need to be replaced.

However, when you start hearing funny or strange noises coming from your plumbing, this could be a warning sign that it’s in distress and it’s time to call Anytime Plumbing for help.  The following information explains the typical noises from your plumbing and how to make them stop, especially where your faucets, pipes, and shower are concerned.

What’s causing my faucet to drip continuously?

Not only is a continuously dripping faucet annoying, you’re wasting precious water.  Thus, don’t be shocked to see your water bill increasing every month if this problem is ignored or overlooked.  In most cases, you just need to replace a washer.  However, if the sink or tub fixtures are 20 years old or older, it may be time to have the experts at Anytime Plumbing, come out and replace them with water-saving fixtures. With modern designs and cost-effective prices, replacing the faucets can give a whole new look to the bathroom or kitchen.

Why is my faucet squeaking?

Although this is a relatively simple problem to fix, a squeaking faucet can be incredibly annoying.  It may just need a small application of grease on the stem threads of the faucet handle or a washer replaced.  Remember, even though we’ve identified this as one of the typical noises from your plumbing and how to make them stop, if the faucet has outlived its lifespan, you should consider investing in a new replacement fixture rather than paying for another plumbing repair.

What are those different sounds that your pipes are making?

Of all the components or elements in a commercial or residential plumbing system, the Anytime Plumbing are most familiar with the different sounds that pipes begin making as the system ages.  If you notice any of the following 5 sounds coming from your pipes, here is an explanation of the probable causes:

  • Banging – in most cases, those banging noises are attributed to a problem with water flow or water pressure.  The two most common causes are trapped air bubbles and what plumbers refer to as a “water hammer” or a pipe noise that is caused by turning off a faucet or valve suddenly.  We’re experienced with these typical noises from your plumbing and how to make them stop. It is nothing serious usually but if it is happening very often, you might want to get it evaluated professionally.
  • Gurgling – this noise occurs if you have a pipe drainage problem and often indicates a blockage caused by a build-up of debris, hard water or mineral deposits, or soap scum in your sewer or water line.  Call Anytime Plumbing for a professional drain cleaning.
  • Humming – when the water pressure in your pipes is too high for their capacity, they will often vibrate which causes them to hum.  Although this can occur in just about any home, it’s more common in homes that are reliant on well water.  Contact us to do a pressure test and make adjustments to eliminate the humming.
  • Rattling – most pipes travel through ceilings and walls or under floors.  Those that are hanging or suspended will start rattling if a fastener falls off or loosens up.  If the pipe making the noise is hidden, Anytime Plumbing knows what’s causing these typical noises from your plumbing and how to make them stop.
  • Squealing or whistling – if a small component such as a faucet or valve washer wears out, it can cause your pipes to squeal or whistle.  Chances are, it’s a washer located near the clothes washer or dishwasher.  You should probably have one of our experts check the valve components and replace whatever is necessary.

Is your shower making a rumbling or whooshing noise?

This often results when areas with very hard water cause lime scale (mineral sediment) to build up in your pipes or worse, your water heater.  You can clean it on your own but if the deposits are heavy, you may need to call in the experts. Depending on where the problem is located, you may need to have Anytime Plumbing clean and flush out your pipes or water heater.

To learn more about those typical noises from your plumbing and how to make them stop, contact Anytime Plumbing and speak with one of our knowledgeable customer representatives today.

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