Plumbing care around the house requires either a certain skill set to fix or patience enough to learn the skills necessary to get the job done. For those who prefer a more hands on approach with household projects, getting connected with the right tools, products, and expertise makes all the difference between fixing a problem correctly and making things worse. To find all you need and more for your next home plumbing repair, Roto-Rooter is your one-stop resource for great products and tools that professionals rely on to get things done. In an effort to go the extra mile and help our customers even more, we've assembled this guide for troubleshooting and repairing water pipe noise in a home plumbing system.
Waterlines that run throughout a house are constantly shifting slightly as water pressure, temperature, and other factors cause the metal to expand, contract, and vibrate.
There Is Pipe Noise after Hot Water Usage
If you are only experiencing noise in this circumstance, it is fairly easy to pinpoint the cause. Copper pipes expand as they heat up. When hot water is flowing through the pipe, the expanding, and later contracting, is the reason for the noise. The pipe is most likely rubbing up against a stud, joist, or some kind of bracket, as it shrinks back down while it cools. While these noises can be a bit annoying, fixing the problem can be quite difficult. In order to eradicate the source of the noise, you need to be able to rip out the sheetrock covering the problematic pipe to add some kind of bracing system around the pipe that allows it to expand without pushing or rubbing against anything. Despite the annoyance, this is not a serious issue that requires immediate attention, except for in extreme circumstances where leaking is occurring.
Water Pipe Noise—Hammering
If you notice loud noises (that sounds a lot like banging in the wall) when you turn water on and off, then you have what is called a "water hammering" problem. This is usually due to too much pressure building up inside of the plumbing system. Water pressure should never be over sixty psi. Call Roto-Rooter to have a professional come out to look at your system. He or she will be able to measure the pressure of the system and make adjustments accordingly to help eliminate the noise problem. If high pressure isn’t relieved soon enough, serious leaks can form throughout the system.
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