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Three Reasons For Noisy Pipes

by B.Annie on June 13, 2018

Do you have noisy pipes?  If so, it is time to call the plumber.  While other noises in your house may be innocuous, there is a chance that you noisy plumbing could go way beyond irritating, causing major damage to your home. 

Three reasons for noisy pipes.

Copper Pipes

If you have copper pipes, you may be okay. You may even be able to solve the problem yourself.  Copper pipes may expand when hot water runs through them.  When this happens the pipes may actually rub against other structures in your home, causing the noise.  For this one you may be able to avoid calling the plumber by turning down the heat in your hot water heater.  If this doesn’t solve the problem.  Please call us so we can make sure the pipes are not rubbing against anything that will cause structural damage over time.

High Water Pressure

High water pressure can cause your pipes to be noisy, but worse than that they can ruin your expensive appliances, such as your dishwasher or washing machine.

Considering the age of your home, you may need to have a pressure regulator installed. 

Water Hammering

If you hear a hammering sound coming from your pipes, do not hesitate, call a plumber right away. Depending on the severity of the noise, you may want to turn off the main water valve until the plumber arrives.  The hammering sound is made when running water is suddenly shut off and the rushing liquid abruptly slams against a closed valve. The same force responsible for the noise is capable of damaging joints and connections in the pipes.

Our plumbers will likely install a water hammer arrestors.  Arrestors cure water hammer with a cushion of air that absorbs the momentum. The plumber will be able to determine exactly where to install this.

While we are fans of saving money, DIY projects involving plumbing can be dangerous, not just for your property but for your life.  Please call us if you have any doubts about your plumbing.  We can help.