Some plumbing noises are common, but some are weird, and they require the ears of a professional plumber to know what they mean. You shouldn't conclude why you have a strange plumbing noise before a plumber has investigated the cause. Every weird noise you hear signifies a plumbing problem that shouldn't be ignored. Here are some plumbing noises, which mean that a proficient plumber should be on their way to your home:
Popping Water Heater
It's a sound you can catch early and fix the problem before it costs you the appliance. Water heaters with sediment build-up will kick or pop when turned on. Rust, mineral deposits and limescale are among the elements that accumulate in most water heaters today. Water leaves most of these deposits behind as it passes through and only a keen person notes this. The tank of the water heater will work harder if the sediment has trapped the heated water. A popping noise is produced as water moves or squeezes past the accumulated sediment. The best solution to sediment build-up is to contact a plumber to clean, drain and flush the water heater tank periodically. The plumber opens the drain valve of the water heater to drain whatever has settled at the bottom of the tank.
Don't take that squeaking, whistling or hissing sound from your showerhead for granted. It indicates you have a serious clog that requires professional plumbing services. Grease, scale deposits, sediment and other minerals collect in the showerhead overtime just as it happens to other plumbing appliances. Remove the showerhead and clean it in a bathtub or sink. Scrub the piping, nozzles and other inner components with vinegar or an ammonia solution and rinse them well with water. If the showerhead is still noisy, contact a professional plumber to carry out deep cleaning and remove that stubborn build up. The plumber will recommend replacement if the problem is beyond repair.
Creaking, Snapping or Tapping Pipes
The material that makes the pipes will naturally expand when hot water fills the pipes. The pipes will then contract when they cool down. The pipes smack into fasteners as they contract and expand and that's how they make the tapping, creaking or snapping noise. The pipes also smack into the wall, ceiling and house framing and make these strange noises. Insulate the pipes using foam to absorb the vibration that causes these sounds. If this doesn't solve the problem, contact a plumber to fasten the pipes to the ceiling, wall or any other anchor or even replace or reinforce your pipe hangers.
Is the case of strange noises well cracked now? Always call in a certified plumber whenever you hear any of these strange noises. There is always a plumbing problem they should to fix whenever you hear them. Professional plumbers don't just address the strange noises, but they also dig deep to identify the main culprit.