4 Common Water Pipe Noises and Their Causes

Persistently noisy water pipes usually indicate a problem, which should be addressed by a plumbing professional as soon as possible. Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. shares some of the most common causes of noisy water pipes.

4 Common Water Pipe Noises and Their Causes

1. Water Hammer – A water hammer is a loud hammering sound that usually happens when a faucet or shower is turned off abruptly. The water pressure that runs through the pipes can be so strong that when suddenly halted, it can make hammering sounds that can sound like a jackhammer. Most residential plumbing systems are fitted with air cushions, which absorb the excess air pressure, but this can get worn over time.

If left unaddressed, a water hammer can cause wear and tear on the pipes. Fortunately, there are several solutions available in the market. A plumbing professional can find and install the one that works with your existing plumbing.

2. Squealing Pipes – The pipes may sometimes make a squealing sound, which can be irritating, especially if you use tap or toilet in the middle of the night. If the squealing sound carries through the entire house, it’s likely that the cause is an old and worn-out main shut-off valve. Replacement is a simple process that can be done in a few hours’ time. Not addressing this problem could lead to other concerns that require costly and complicated repairs.

3. Random Hammering Sounds – If your pipes are making a hammering sound, similar to a water hammer but happens at random times, it is usually caused by the water pressure causing loose, rattling pipes. Addressing the loose pipes and installing a pressure reduction valve can help eliminate these hammering sounds.

4. Banging or Rattling Toilets – If you hear a banging or rattling noise a few moments after you flush, particularly as the toilet tank ends its fill cycle, the ballcock assembly may be worn out. The ballcock assembly is the balloon-like component of the toilet flush system that turns off the water as soon as the tank is full. If it breaks, the toilet tank won’t stop filling up, resulting in wasted water.

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To learn more about how these plumbing noises can be fixed, call Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today at (715) 246-2660. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.