It’s the middle of the spooky season, but that doesn’t mean that you have to get spooked out by scary plumbing sounds coming from your pipes! Plumbing problems are never fun, and scary sounds coming from your pipes are probably the last thing you want to hear, but this can be a blessing in disguise. Your pipes can be alerting you that there is a problem, giving you enough time to fix them before a more serious problem occurs. Here are some scary sounds your pipes might be making and what they may mean.
A loud banging sound coming from your pipes is referred to as a water hammer in the plumbing world and it can be quite an alarming sound! It can happen when there’s a sudden change in water pressure, usually when a tap is shut off. This can send a surge of pressure into the tap or valve, and if the pipes are loose, they may bang into the walls. What’s even scarier than the sound is that eventually, it leads to broken pipes, damaged fittings, or damaged appliances. To fix it, one of our experienced plumbers may install a pressure-limiting valve at the mainline, and sleeve or clip the pipes to stop them from hitting walls.
Another scary sound that your pipes might be making comes in the form of a high-pitched squeal. While squealing pipes may not seem as ominous as banging pipes, it is nonetheless alarming. And if left unchecked can cause a scary plumbing problem. Squealing pipes is referred to as cavitation. Cavitation occurs when water from a large pipe flows into a smaller pipe the difference in circumference results in a squealing sound from the pressure. An adjustment to the pressure valve could alleviate this, however, cavitation could also be a result of a bad or worn washer or even a new valve. Ignoring this issue can also result in damage to pipes and fittings.
A Screaming Tap:
A screaming sound could indicate that you need a new washer or that the tap stem needs lubrication. These are simple, quick fixes, and making an easy fix is much more desirable than dealing with leaks down the road.
A gurgling toilet is not just a scary plumbing sound but also could be a scary plumbing situation. While a gurgling toilet could be as simple as replacing a worn-out valve or faulty ballcock, it could also mean there is a backed-up sewer line, a much more serious problem. A sign a gurgling toilet may be a more serious problem is if the toilet doesn’t run while it gurgles. Call one of our professional plumbers right away to avoid a really scary plumbing problem!
If you are hearing any of these spooky sounds there is no reason to be afraid! Our trusted and experienced plumbers are here to help you! If you are interested in more of our plumbing tips and services, please give us a call at 770.860.8110.