Plumbing noises and drain cleaning
We all forget about our plumbing system when we see that our systems are bringing in the water, removing the water and waste after that – it is all working right. But things don’t always happen this way all the time and sometimes our plumbing is breaking down pretty noisily. Below, is a list of all the possible causes and meanings of those noises and their drain cleaning solutions.
Hammer/ Thud: Hearing a distinctive thud when you decide to turn off your tap is a sign that the pressure might be too high. A possible solution is to attach a regulator or you could use shock absorbers or air chambers in the pipes. Those fixtures are essentially compressing when you turn off the water and thus they cushion the hammering sound.
Sink is Hissing: Another indication of high water pressure is the hissing that might be coming from your sink. The high water pressure will definitely increase your water bills but it will also put a lot of stress on your pipes in the long run. To keep the PSI in normal levels, you should install a pressure regulator.
Pipe Whistling: The opposite issue – low pressure – could be indicated if you hear whistling coming from your pipes. Something that you could do to try and fix the problem is to turn the pressure regulator down. Another problem that might be indicated by the whistling is debris or air in the pipes. To fix this problem, you need to turn your main shutoff valve off and then run the tap to drain the water, turn on the valve again and check if the problem has been solved. If you are not confident in your skills, you can always get help from an emergency plumbing expert.
Gurgling From The Drain: This is an indication of a blocked drain vent which is keeping the water from its proper draining. This could also bring gases and unpleasant odours to back up in your house. You need to check the opening of the vent which is located on the roof to see if there are any obstructions.
Rattling & Shaking sounds from toilet: If you hear a rattle coming from your pipes when you drain out water, such as flushing the toilet, the pipes could be loosened up. You need to inspect the fitting to see if there are any improperly secured spots and if there are, you need to tighten them up.
Shower Whooshing: Mineral buildup in the water heater or in your pipes is probably the problem for hearing whooshing while you are in the shower. This problem appears in areas that are having water with high levels of mineral content or hard water. A possible solution is to have a shower drain professional, like Blocked Drain Plumbers, to flush your pipes or heater in order to remove the sediment. To decrease problems in the future, you might want to consider using a water softener.
Dripping: Don’t decide immediately that a drip from a plumbing fixture is something minor, this means that you are wasting large amounts of water. Over 11,000 litres of water per year are wasted by a leaky tap. You should consider installing a new tap or a new washer in order to avoid wasting anymore water.
You should always reach out to a professional plumber in order to best inspect and find the cause of those noisy pipes. They will be able to bring your system back to proper working condition.
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