“I have never in my life experienced plumbing being this noisy,” Shira said. “It makes me wonder if something supernatural is going on in this place.”
What are the top complaints about noisy plumbing?
Noisy plumbing makes homeowners unhappy. What makes it worse is when you don’t know why your pipes are making noise. A gurgling sound from the drain is a pretty clear sign a clog is forming – get your New York City plumber to clean the drains! But what causes pipes to rattle, squeal, and whistle?
Let us tell you about rattling pipes.
When water travels through pipes, those pipes move. Not a lot, just a little vibration associated with the passage of water. When the home is being built, the person who installed the plumbing was supposed to make sure pipes were secured in such a way as to minimize this movement. Sometimes these straps break, come loose, or otherwise fail. Then you have a situation where your pipes are moving and the rattling noise is produced.
The fix for rattling pipes is to have your New York City plumber track down and identify where the pipe movement is occurring and to then take the appropriate repair steps.
Squealing and whistling pipes are another story.
So the rattling pipes have a rational explanation. Is there any hope that a ghost is causing the squealing and whistling pipes some homeowners experience?
Sorry, no. Squealing and whistling pipes are caused by worn out washers, bushings, and seals – the tiny unsung components of plumbing systems that wear out over the course of time. The squealing and whistling noises are most often heard when the water is running. This is precisely the time those components were supposed to be doing the job of keeping your plumbing quiet. Since they’re not there anymore, or are in such a damaged state that they can’t do their job, your plumbing is noisy.