As a plumber near Belmont, one of the things I’m often asked about is noisy pipes. Some people have very noisy plumbing. While this is far from ideal, they live with strange gurgling sounds in the walls, weird whooshes, middle of the night bangs, and other noises that might make one suspect a poltergeist. But there’s no need for an exorcist! Most noisy pipes have an explanation that’s not the least bit supernatural.
Let’s Talk About Water Hammers
While water hammers might sound like something the mighty Thor brings to Splashworld, in fact, they’re not. Water hammers occur when a faucet or appliance is turned off, and the pressure inside the water supply lines makes the water bang up against the shut off valve. The sound is distinctly like a hammer striking metal, and it can be quite loud.
Water hammers won’t damage your home’s plumbing, but it can be really annoying to live with that noise. One thing you can talk to your Belmont plumber about is having an in-line water surge arrester installed. This is generally a permanent fix for the problem, and is fairly affordable.
What About Whistling Pipes?
When you tell us you have a whistling pipe, we’re going to ask you if it’s whistling all of the time or only when you’re using a particular faucet or tap. Here’s why: if it’s only one or two faucets that are whistling at you, the odds are pretty good that we’re going to find a worn out washer, loose fitting, or a bunch of grime in the aerator heads.
However, if your entire plumbing system is making a whistling noise, there are three large areas of concern to consider. The first is that there’s too much mineral deposit in the pipes. This is very common in areas with hard water, and is why whole home water filtration systems are so important. Another issue could be the main supply valve needs to be replaced. Third potential cause – an ineffective pressure regulator.
Because of the complexity of identifying which of these causes applies to your particular situation, it’s a good idea to have a plumber near Belmont come in and check things out. Once the necessary repairs have been made, you will have nice quiet plumbing once again.