Why Is My Plumbing Making a Loud Noise?

Residential and commercial plumbing systems make noises from time to time. To figure out exactly what’s causing the problem, you need to call a plumber for an assessment. There are a few different reasons why your plumbing is making noises. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons for unusual plumbing sounds.

Water Hammer

When you turn on the water at your kitchen or bathroom faucet, do you hear a rumbling sound that seems to shake the faucet? If yes, you’ve just experienced water hammer. When this happens once in a while, it’s nothing to be concerned about. It often happens when water is turned on rather quickly and water is forced to change directions briskly. People who experience the effects of water hammer regularly should have a plumber take a look at the situation. When water hammer happens too much, fittings loosen, and pipes become damaged, which leads to leaks and water damage.

Popping Sounds

Have you heard popping sounds coming from the water heater when other people in your house are taking a shower? This usually happens five or ten minutes into a shower and is the result of sediment in the water heater heating up. When sediment heats up, it pops. The person in the shower usually can’t hear the popping, but others in the home do.

If popping noises happen when the shower is in use, first try flushing the water heater. Flushing involves removing all the water from the appliance and, hopefully, all the sediment buildup too.

But I don’t have hard water? Do I still need to flush the appliance?

Simply put, yes. All homes are at risk for mineral particles to get into their water system and settle into the water heater’s tank. Even tiny amounts of sediment have the potential to damage your water heater’s burning elements. Homes with excessively hard water are at an increased risk of the sediment not only damaging mechanical elements but the development of corrosion and holes in the tank.

These problems are preventable with regular water heater maintenance services. Contact a plumber to come out once or twice a year to flush the heater and make other adjustments for optimal performance.

Water Softener Regeneration

Does your home have a water softener? If so, the noises you hear could be part of the softener’s regular cycle. Are these noises waking you up at night? Most water softeners are set to regenerate at night when the water’s not being used, and people are asleep. If you hear unusual sounds coming from the water softener at other times during the day, it’s possible there’s a mechanical problem. Or, perhaps someone in your house initiated a manual regeneration. If you have concerns that the softener isn’t working well, contact your trusted plumber to come out and take a look.

Running Toilets

A common call we get at Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter is about toilets that won’t stop running. The toilet makes a hissing sound that’s not just annoying but a huge waste of water. The good news is that this plumbing problem is easily solved with a few minor adjustments or repairs. Look inside the tank and make any adjustments to the flapper necessary to make sure that it’s covering the tank’s drain hole. When water continuously moves through this hole, that’s when the toilet runs continuously.

Plumbing Noises Are Common

Like all systems in a home, plumbing systems make noises from time to time. Sometimes it’s the normal expansion and contraction inside the system. Other times, it’s a serious problem. Don’t play a guessing game with your home’s plumbing. Instead, contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for complete diagnostic service. We serve homes and businesses throughout Southern California, finding solutions for all commercial and residential plumbing problems. To schedule an emergency plumbing service or maintenance service, contact us today at (888) 668-8922.