Noises in your plumbing system can be scary. Not because you think your home is haunted, but because most people are as afraid of their local plumber as they are their dentist. It is unfortunate that plumbers have this nasty reputation because there really are a lot of great plumbers available and at some point, your plumbing system is going to make noises. Some of these are potentially serious issues and some are not really a big deal. But before you can know the potential impact of whatever is causing the noises, you have to identify just what is causing the noise in the first place. Let’s take a look at three of the most common noises – hissing, rattling, screeching – and the cause of each. Keep in mind that not every noise is caused by the same problem and a plumbing failure can wreak havoc on a home. So a professional plumber is always recommended.

Hissing Sounds
A hissing sound is one of the more common noises one might encounter in their home. This will happen sometimes when you turn on a faucet. The cause of this noise is usually a water pressure that is too high. The solution is to install a valve that will reduce the water pressure and get rid of this noise.

Rattling Pipe Sound
This shaking rattling sound which takes place when shutting off a faucet is often causes by waves of water pressure and is a problem that occurs more in older homes than newer ones. This sound can also happen when water rapidly enters a pipe that doesn’t flow freely, possibly due to a change in direction in the piping such as an elbow connection or a “T” joint. In cases where the cause is water pressure waves, air chambers and shock absorption fittings are usually a fix.

Another problem that you might experience is a sharp screech as you open a faucet. The screech is brief and will often stop as soon as the faucet is completely open. In this case, the usual suspect is a bad part in the faucet. You can attempt to rebuild the faucet but a replacement is often a better solution, especially if you are paying to have this done. Plumbers have a lot of overhead and have to charge for their time, so it is probably cheaper to replace than pay to have your current faucet repaired. plus, wouldn’t a new faucet just look nicer anyway?

There are many sounds that can emanate from your plumbing system. These are three common ones but there are many more and depending on where the noise is coming from and the type of noise, the can signal a major problem or a simple repair. If you are not sure of what the cause is, a professional should be consulted. You don’t want to take a chance with your plumbing since the impact of a busted pipe on your home and the resulting cleanup effort can be significant.

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