Have you ever gone down to your kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water? You turn on your faucet and hear a guttural sound that scares you half to death. Don’t worry, it is not a mountain lion that has snuck into your backyard, nor is it an intruder (hopefully). If you hear a weird noise when your turn on your faucet, it can mean that there is a problem with your plumbing. This can both be a good and bad thing. The bad thing is that you will have to fix the problem that arises. The good thing is, hopefully, that you have caught the problems before it causes any extensive damage.
Different Plumbing Sounds and What To Do With Them
No two sounds are the same. This goes for the noises that your plumbing makes as well. When you turn on your faucets, flush your toilets, or go to your laundry machine, make sure to pay careful attention to the sounds you hear because they may be trying to tell you something.
Thunderous Bang and Your Water Hammer
If one day you are sitting on the sofa, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the latest Real Housewives episode, and you hear a loud bang reverberate through your home, you should take action. Set down your cup, turn off the TV, and go check your pipes. This loud bang could have occurred because of your water hammer. This happens when the fast flowing water moving through your narrow pipes comes to an abrupt stop. Things such as closed valves can cause the water to hit a block, causing the pipes to emit a loud bang.
If you do hear such a noise, be sure to get your pipes checked. The constant pressure of the water against the closed valve can wear on the joints of the plumbing. It can lead to extensive damage in the future.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
If you are taking a shower and notice a rattling sound coming from within the walls, it does not mean your house is throwing a party. Rather, the rattling sounds can indicate pipes that are not properly secured. The metal from water supply pipes cause sound waves to transmit through the house. If there is an irregular pattern of water flow going through the pipes, it can cause them to shake, eliciting a rattling sound. You can fix this problem by tightening the pipe straps. If the sounds continues, contact one of our experienced plumbers at bluefrog.
Rumbling Pipes Have You Grumbling?
Plumbing that constantly makes rumbling sounds can drive you crazy. It can also mean something is wrong with your water heater. When sediment accumulates at the bottom of a water heater, it causes the water that is trapped in the sediment to boil. This is what causes that rumbling sound you hear. If this happens, it can mean your water heater is not working properly. You may need to drain some of the water. You can do this by attaching a hose to the bottom of your tank.
A word of warning: hot water is extremely dangerous. Proceed with caution when trying to fix this problem. Better yet, contact one of our plumbers to help you.
We hope these tips help you figure out what is wrong with your plumbing and help you find a solution. That way, you can go back to enjoying your drink and watching your show! For more help with your pipes, contact our experienced plumbers at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain today.