From flushing away waste and washing laundry to moving cold or hot water into your house, plumbing is an imperative part of your home and family's needs. Unfortunately, most homeowners are not really familiar with the signs that certain parts of the plumbing or septic systems are in distress. While surprising, certain sounds you may be hearing are actual calls for help. Here are a few plumbing sounds that you should NOT be hearing.
A gurgling sound may be normal from time to time especially when you are rinsing dishes or draining a sink filled with soapy water and food residue. However, if you are hearing this gurgling each time you use your drain and in each of your sink drains, there is a problem that needs to be addressed. In most cases, an ongoing gurgling from each of your drains stems from the drain vents. If the drains are not properly vented, air bubbles will build up, resulting in the gurgling noise when you are draining water through.
Inspecting the drain venting system should be left to professionals since the drain lines are most likely located throughout the walls and floors of your home. Plumbers will be able to find the source of the problem, which may be an actual clog in the drain, preventing air and water from moving through. It is also important to remember that the venting issue can occur in your toilet. If the gurgling sound is coming from your toilet after flushing, there may be a deep clog in the toilet's p-trap. Snaking the drain lines is the best option for releasing the clog to improve flow throughout the drain lines.
A loud banging when you first turn on your water is a common problem many homeowners face. Also known as a water hammer, this loud banging occurs when a valve shuts down the flow of water, causing the pipes to bang against other pipes. The banging can stem from a variety of plumbing fixtures and appliances including your kitchen sink, outdoor water spigots, and washing machine.
Most experts believe the easiest solution for stopping the water hammer is to drain the pipes to reduce any buildup of air or residue in the drain lines. This allows water to move freely through the pipes, reducing the risk of a loud water hammer. If that is not effective, installing a water hammer arrestor to the supply line may be necessary. The aerator absorbs the shock of the water valve, reducing the risk of the banging.
Your plumbing system will make sounds from time to time, but excessive and continuous gurgling and banging sounds could indicate a more involved issue. For more information, contact a company like Ez Flow Plumbing.