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If your pipes and plumbing make some strange noises, you might simply start by ignoring them the first time around. The most common noises that people hear include a gurgle in the drain, knocking/popping sounds that emanate from the water heater, a whistling showerhead, and banging pipes. Even though those can be frustrating to have to listen to, they might also be indicative of the fact that your plumbing system is not running at peak efficiency. If you want to know more about what these sounds mean, these are just some of the options.
Noise #1 – Gurgling Drains
Does your sink or shower drain gurgle when you flush the toilet? If so, it might mean that you have issues with one of the following:
- The sewer line – This is a serious issue that you should get looked at immediately. Most of the issues are because of tree roots. If this is the case, make sure that you call the professionals quickly.
- Drain venting issue
- Air in your pipes
- Clogged pipes – It is easy for hair and food particles to build up in your drains. Getting it fixed by a qualified plumber can help alleviate the issue.
Noise #2 – Knocking/Popping Water Heater
If your water heater is offering some loud, knocking noises, chances are that you are dealing with sediment buildup. This is why proper water heater maintenance is so important, because without it, deposits such as limescale can form alongside the side of the tank. While the sound is annoying, it is far worse to know that the sediment will reduce the efficiency of your system. This means an increase in energy costs and a longer wait for hot water.
Noise #3 – Whistling Showerhead
A clogged showerhead might be the cause of the whistling noise from your showerhead. You can remove buildup and deposits by removing the showerhead and cleaning it thoroughly. It might be time for a replacement if you still have the noise present after the showerhead has been cleaned.
Noise #4 – Banging Pipes
One of the reasons that water supply pipes are able to send noises or vibrations throughout your home is because these are made of metal. An obstruction in the piping or improperly secured pipes could be the reason for the excess banging. If you want fewer banging noises and a smoother water flow, you have to remove the blockages.
Calling The Pros For Relief
If you notice that you encounter any of these sounds (or warning signs as they should be called) make sure that you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing. Their qualified professionals are able to offer you immediate assistance and can help you get to the root cause of the issue.