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What Do Those Plumbing Noises Mean?

December, 7th, 2016

Have you ever heard your plumbing system make weird noises? Gurgling in your drains, banging pipes, or whistling are just some of the odd noises that you may hear from your home’s plumbing system. We know that these noises are not only irritating, but they could be an indicator of a much larger issue. To put your mind at ease, we’ve gathered tips and solutions for the most common plumbing noises so you’ll know exactly what your next steps need to be to make sure your home’s system is running at it’s peak efficiency.

Banging Pipes

Water supply pipes are made of metal and can easily make noises or vibrations throughout your home. Reasons for excess banging may be due to improperly secured pipes or an obstruction in the piping. If the pipes aren’t properly secured, all you’ll need to do is tighten the brackets holding them in place! On the other hand, if there is an obstruction in your pipes, you will have to get the blockage removed in order to have a smoother water flow through your pipes to experience decreased banging.

Whistling Showerhead

A whistling noise from your showerhead may be due to a clog. Removing the showerhead and cleaning it can help remove buildup and deposits that may be contributing to the noise. If your showerhead is still making noise after you clean it, it may be time for a replacement!

Gurgling Drains

The gurgling sound coming from your drains can happen for several different reasons. It could mean that there is a problem with your sewer line such as:

  • Improperly Installed Vents or Blocked Vents – An improperly installed vent means less air and less suction, thus the gurgling sound.
  • A Partial Clog or Blockage Along The Main Sewer Line – As time goes by, drains build up small chunks of soap, tissue paper, hair, grease, and other blockages that will slow down draining and delay the air flow which can cause the gurgling sound.
  • Faulty Septic Tank – When your septic tank is full or clogged there is less space for air. This could be why your toilet is gurgling, and this particular problem can later turn into a septic tank overflow.

Popping From Your Water Heater

That popping noise probably means there’s sediment at the bottom of your water heater tank — in which case your water heater is in need for a good flush. You can either flush your tank yourself or call Corley to have a professional plumber take care of this for you. Not sure what sediment is? Sediment is loose minerals within water that settle to the bottom of the tank. While it’s not bad for water to have minerals, the buildup is not good for your water heater.

Is Your Plumbing System Making Noises? Call Corley!

Whether you’re in need of immediate repair, are dealing with a clog or improper draining issue, or just need some answers on how to prevent plumbing noises from happening, Corley is here to help. We provide drain service and repairs here in Upstate South Carolina, centered in and around the Greenville area. To schedule service click the banner below or just give us a call at (864) 881-2853!