At some point or other, you’ve probably heard noise coming from your plumbing system. Some of these sounds may seem harmless, as they usually come and go. However, you shouldn’t dismiss them out of hand because they’re usually an indication of a growing problem that could cost you expensive repairs in the long run.
Oak Plumbing, a trusted company offering pipe leak repair services, lists five types of plumbing noise and what they could possibly mean.
Whooshing or pulsing is usually a sign of buildup that’s starting to form inside the pipes. This is more common in galvanized and copper pipes. Galvanized pipes in particular tend to develop calcium and mineral deposits, causing the water to swirl and produce a whooshing sound.
Banging noises could mean there are improperly-installed pipes behind the walls. You may hear this sound every time you turn your water on or off, so make sure to observe how often this occurs and when it usually happens. To fix the issue, your plumbing repair company may have to strap the pipes to keep them from banging against each or other components or structures.
A whistling sound may indicate a leak in the toilet fill valve. The first thing you have to do is locate the leaking toilet. You can do this by removing the lid of each toilet tank and adjusting the fill valve mechanism until it stops. Ask your plumber if replacing the fill valve will be necessary.
If you hear a rumbling sound from your water heater, you should watch out for sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. What usually happens here is that the water gets trapped in the sediment while it’s boiling, so the heat fails to transfer to the water in the tank. To solve this issue, your plumber may have to drain water from the bottom of the tank by attaching a hose to its valve.
A vibrating sound from your toilet could be a sign of a fill valve that has lost its elasticity and become hard. You can test your fill valve by gently lifting the fill valve float arm. If the noise stops when you do this, it’s time to replace the fill valve. Make sure to confirm this with your plumber so that you can get a correct assessment.
Oak Plumbing has a team of trained and experienced professionals who always ensure quality work. Our services include blockage removal, leak repair, sewer line repair and more. Call us at (707) 200-7594 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve customers in Vacaville and Sacramento, CA, and nearby areas.