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The Many Sounds of Plumbing and What They Mean

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For the average homeowner, your plumbing is a mysterious thing. All of these pipes and drains and vents—where do they go? How do they work?

Why is my plumbing making that sound?

Plumbing, drainage, and water are serious business. They are essential to nearly every activity that happens in your home, from toilets and showers to kitchen sinks, hot water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines. They run through walls, under floorboards, and above your ceiling, and they are in constant use. Properly functioning plumbing fades seamlessly into the everyday life of your home, but untreated problems can quickly lead to leaks, backups, or flooding, resulting in expensive repairs and an inconvenient mess.

As a house settles and ages, so does the plumbing, and continuous use can begin to take its toll on seams, joints, and transition points. This can lead to a variety of strange noises. Some are relatively harmless, but some can be the symptom of a much larger problem.

Our experienced plumbers at Suntech Heat and Air rarely meet a noise they can’t diagnose. We have been resolving Oklahoma City’s plumbing problems for over 30 years and are committed to delivering fast, top-notch service. Here are a few of the most common types of plumbing issues we encounter:

1) Hissing Plumbing Sounds

A hissing sound from your faucet may be caused by too much water pressure in your pipes. We can assess the pressure in the pipes and install a pressure reducing valve if necessary

2) Foghorn Plumbing Sounds

A foghorn sound in your plumbing could be a number of things. It may be a faulty ballcock in the toilet, a loose faucet washer, or a valve for the washing machine. It may also be permeating your entire house, in which case it could be from loose or old pipes or a malfunctioning regulator.

First, identify where the sound is originating. A ballcock or washer is easy to replace, but more serious cases, especially for an older plumbing system or worn out valve, will require a licensed plumber.

3) Whistling, screeching, or squealing faucet or shower head

The screech, whistle, or squeal from your faucet is most likely caused by a loose washer. The noise is made when fast-moving water makes the loose washer flap and vibrate. We can replace this washer quickly and easily and silence the screech.

4) Vibration in pipes

Plumbing pipes often run through walls, under floorboards, and above the ceiling, and can occasionally become loose and vibrate. Excessively high water pressure can also cause pipes to shudder and shake.

A more serious culprit may be the “water hammer” effect, which occurs when valves close too quickly, abruptly shutting off the water flow and causing it to stop in the pipe.

A loosened pipe simply needs to be reattached to the wall. If you suspect high water pressure, one of our plumbing professionals can test the water flow and install a pressure-reducing valve if necessary.

A “water hammer” sound—especially an increasingly loud one—can cause major damage to your pipes. Replacing toilet fill valves with ones that close more slowly can remedy the problem, as can the addition of an arrestor; we can take care of both of them.

5) Gurgling toilet noises

Gurgling noises from a running toilet are most likely caused by an old valve or malfunctioning ballcock, air in the pipes, or a drain venting problem. Gurgling noises when the toilet is not running, however, are a sign that your septic may be clogged or backed up.

Valves and ballcocks are easily replaced, but a potentially stopped up sewage line is a big problem. Call us immediately to prevent messy and costly backups.

Don’t wait for a small problem to become a big one. If you are noticing any of these sounds—or have one not mentioned here—give the experts at Suntech Heat and Air a call today. We are always on call and pride ourselves on responding within 24 hours.

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Suntech Heat and Air
3724 East Second Street, Suite D
Edmond, OK 73034

Phone: (405) 348-9743