Troubleshooting Loud Home Plumbing

Your home's plumbing system is extremely complicated and works constantly throughout the day to power your water fixtures and appliances. One of the most common problems that can develop through the normal use of your plumbing because of age or general stress is excessive noise. Loud pipes can be caused by a few different reasons; understanding the most common causes and what can be done to fix them can help you get everything flowing normally again as soon as possible.

Water Hammers

Water hammers occur when the air chambers within your plumbing have flooded with water, leading to banging and knocking sounds when you turn on the tap. Fortunately, it is pretty simple to drain the chambers and get your pipes back to normal. First, turn off the water supply to your home, usually located in the basement next to the water heater. Then, go to the tap that is at the highest level of your home, and turn it on. Then, turn on the faucet at the lowest point of your home. Wait until the water stops flowing, and then turn the lowest faucet off and turn the water supply back on. Water will refill your plumbing, but the air that has passed through the pipes will fill the air chambers and remain, eliminating the knocking sound.

Loose Screws

If you notice that your plumbing is making a rattling or shaking sound, instead of a more general banging or clunking, the issue could lie with a loose screw that holds a plumbing bracket in place. This simply causes your pipes to shake and knock against a nearby surface as water passes through it. This is a simple fix: all you have to do is tighten the screw – or replace the bracket the current one has rusted away. The hard part is finding where the loose screw is. In the event that it is behind a finished wall, it may be necessary to talk to a professional plumbing contract to do the job for you.

High Water Pressure

Finally, the last most common reason why your plumbing may make a massive amount of noise while in operation is if the water pressure is simply too high. You may notice that your water pressure has increased, or maybe you've simply grown used to high pressured water exiting your faucets and showerheads. Beyond the noise, high water pressure can cause stress to your pipes and make a leak more likely to develop. In order to reduce your water pressure, you need to get in touch with a plumber to install a pressure regulator at your home's water supply valve. 

For more information, contact your local home plumbing contractor.