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It can be nerve-wracking when it first happens. You’re sitting in the living room and your spouse goes to the washroom. The moment that they flush, you start hearing pounding or squealing sounds coming from your walls.
Noisy plumbing is an indication that there’s something wrong. If you decide to ignore the noise and leave it alone, it will fester and become much worse. In some worst-case scenarios, the noise coming from your plumbing could sound like a hammer getting smashed against metal. This can be very disruptive to someone who wants peace and quiet. In fact, the sound can be so deafening and loud that it can wake a person up in the middle of the night.
In order to figure out how to solve the problem, a plumber in Myrtle Beach, SC will first need to determine the cause behind the noise production. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons below.
#1. Worn Out Washers and Other Small Components
The plumbing system is made up of many different small components and parts. If you notice a squealing or a whistling sound coming from a section of plumbing when it is being used, there’s a very good chance that the problem lies with a worn out washer or some other small component. These parts are bound to become worn down with use. There’s nothing you can do but replace them with new ones.
Identifying which parts need to be replaced can be rather difficult. Your best bet is to have a plumber check all of the valve components in order to see what’s working properly and what isn’t. In general, some of the most common places where you’ll find worn out washers include the dishwasher or the washing machine. This isn’t surprising because these plumbing appliances are always in use.
#2. Unsecured Plumbing
When you flush the toilet or after you turn on the faucet, do you hear a weird rattling sound coming from your walls, floors or ceiling? If you put your ears on the walls or even on the floors, you should be able to locate where the rattling is coming from.
The most common cause for this problem is unsecured plumbing. This happens when the fasteners and other methods used for securing the plumbing comes loose. Most plumbers will attempt to locate where the railing is coming from and then they’re going to see if a fastener has become loose or has fallen off completely. This can be a rather difficult repair job because most of the time the pipes will be hidden from plain sight.
To secure the plumbing back in place, the professional may use either a metal or a plastic fastener. In general, metal fasteners are more secure than plastic fasteners. However, you cannot use these fasteners all the time. Metal will interact with metal. If you have metal plumbing, you’ll need to make sure that the metal fasteners are compatible with the plumbing material. If the metal isn’t compatible, opt for a plastic fastener instead. It’ll last much longer and it won’t cause any additional problems down the road.
When was the last time that you called for a drain cleaning service? If it’s been some time, you might start to hear some type of gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing. This is usually an indication that there’s a clog either in the plumbing or somewhere in the drain.
Clogs can be caused by many different things. They could be caused by soap scum or minerals from hard water. Or, you might’ve accidentally poured grease and other food materials down the drain. Call a plumber to professionally clean the drains. Once the drains are cleaned, you should stop hearing any weird sounds coming from the plumbing.
One of the best things about a drain cleaning service is that you’ll get a video inspection of the inside condition of your plumbing. This is also a very good time for you to check for leaks, cracks and other types of problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
#4. Lack of Air Chambers
One of the worst sounds that you can hear from your plumbing is a loud, banging sound. It basically sounds like someone is taking a hammer and smashing it against the plumbing. This phenomenon is also known as a water hammer.
Water hammers appear when there is a lack of air chambers in the plumbing. The air chambers are there to absorb the impact of the water as it presses against the plumbing and to act as a type of cushion. When there isn’t any air chamber in the plumbing, you’ll start to hear banging sounds. This is definitely a problem that you want to get a plumber to fix as soon as possible. If you don’t, the pressure from the water will damage the plumbing and cause it to become worn down. It can even cause the plumbing to burst.
A plumber will be able to re-introduce air chambers into different areas of the plumbing in order to quiet the noise. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple and easy fix, so it’s not something that takes a lot of time and effort to solve.
Quiet the Racket!
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with noisy plumbing for your entire life. Once a plumber in Myrtle Beach, SC is able to identify the cause of the problem, they will be able to fix it in no time. You’ll be surprised at just how quiet the plumbing can become again with just a little help. To prevent this problem from happening to begin with, you’ll need to spend some time learning how to maintain the plumbing.
The best way to maintain the condition of your plumbing is to find a professional plumber. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach is owned by a team of experienced plumbers who will know just what to do. Give us a call today at 843.894.0905.