Noisy Plumbing

So you’ve got clanging pipes, gurgling radiators, or thumping pumps? It’s not uncommon for a house, particularly an old building, to produce some (occasionally alarming) noises as its plumbing system ages. Although this doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem, don’t take the chance and wait for a burst pipe or heating failure.

Even if you’re going to hire a plumber, which you absolutely should do if you think you might have a problem, it can save you time and money to try and pinpoint what exactly the problem is before giving anyone a call, and result in a more accurate estimate.

Let’s have a look at what might be causing this unwanted noise in your home.

Banging: A banging sound, sometimes followed by echoing bangs (also known as water hammer) when turning off a tap or otherwise closing a valve is caused by water that is rushing through your pipes with a lot of momentum suddenly stopping. This can be fixed by giving excess water somewhere to go when you close the valve that will slow it down more gradually (a shock absorber of some kind) which could be as simple as a length of vertical pipe.

Squeaking: A squeaking or moaning noise can be indicative of high water pressure, which causes the pipes to vibrate. If you have a water pressure gauge, check that the pressure in your system is no more than 80psi. This can also be caused by water rushing past even a single loose washer, so try to locate the source as precisely as you can.

Rattling: Rattling or thumping sounds are often caused by the clamps and fastenings that secure your pipes coming loose and allowing them to move, which any good plumber can replace (assuming they are accessible).

Jackhammering: Rapid banging around your washing machine or dishwasher when it’s running usually means you have a worn out solenoid valve, which needs to be replaced.

Running water: The sound of running water when there’s no apparent cause is very often a result of a toilet flush valve getting stuck in the open position, so water continuously flows, causing noise and a lot of wasted water.

The surest way to tell where a fault lies is identifying exactly where the noise is coming from and when. Sometimes this will be common sense – but with some problems, it takes a professional to get to the bottom of it.

If you’re experiencing any of these annoyances, or a different plumbing, heating or boiler-related issue and you need a reliable, affordable plumber in the Essex area, give Laurie Wells a call at Access Heating & Plumbing on 07850 667564 or contact us using our quick contact form. We are only a phone call away!

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