Plumbing Sounds You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Every home comes with its quirks, but when it comes to plumbing, unusual sounds can be a sign of serious issues. Let’s examine some of the most common plumbing sounds and what they might mean for the function of your home’s water system.

Is Your Plumbing Humming?

There are a number of reasons why pipes might make humming sounds, but typically this sound is an indication of a motor that’s running, but not pumping. Sump pumps and hot water heating systems are common examples of household units that use motors to pump water. A running motor without a water supply to it could cause the motor to short out and stop working altogether and should be addressed as soon as possible.

If you hear humming in your bathroom, it could be an indication that your water pressure is too high and might be as easy of a fix as changing out a washer in your faucet or shower head. If the humming is coming from the toilet, chances are, it’s a sign of a faulty valve that will need to be replaced.

Banging or Clanking Pipes

If your pipes create banging, clanking, or ratting sounds, especially after you flush the toilet or run your washing machine, this could be a sign of a water hammer.

What is a Water Hammer?

Water hammers are caused when pressure inside your pipes surges as water is forced to stop suddenly. In household plumbing, this pressure can cause pipes to rattle and shake, sometimes creating loud banging sounds.

How Serious is a Water Hammer?

While water hammers are pretty common, especially in homes built between 1970 and 1990, they can cause serious issues if left ignored. Over time, the pressure spikes will cause stress to the system and has the potential to cause cracks (and therefore leaking), especially in the bends and connections. For this reason, it is recommended that water hammers be addressed in a timely manner by having a professional release the pressure from the system. You can also have preventative measures put in place, such as installing certain types of valves or even special “water hammer arrestors” which act as shock absorbers to maintain smooth and even pressure, even when water is shut off suddenly.

Don’t Ignore Plumbing Noises

Even if you’re not sure the cause or severity of the plumbing sounds in your home, an experienced plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will be able to help. Our plumbers receive an unparalleled level of introductory training and mastery education to ensure they always provide the highest-level of service. Our investment in unique proprietary technology means that we can offer unique solutions to common problems. All of that adds up to an experience second-to-none. Providing that for you, every time and for every service, is the mission of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.