When you turn the faucet on, you expect water to come out. But, sometimes, you get more than you expected. Sometimes, you get a loud banging noise along with the water that comes out of the faucet.
There are many reasons that your plumbing is making a loud noise. Some of them are serious and some are relatively easy to fix.
Here are just a few of the reasons that your plumbing system is making a loud noise:
- Loose pipes. Occasionally and with time, the pipes in your plumbing system can become loose and disconnected from their original place. The first step is to look at the pipes that you can see, before you start digging around in the walls and cutting holes. When you turn the water on, listen carefully to where the banging is coming from. This will help to narrow down where you need to look, should you need to cut a hole in the wall.
- Water pressure. We’ve all heard of low water pressure, and some of us have even had to deal with the frustration of it. But, did you know that your water pressure could be too high? In fact, water pressure that is too high could be the cause of your noisy pipes. Have a professional plumber check the main line valve of your water line and see if the water pressure is so high that it is causing the loud noises.
- Water hammer. If you have valves and flaps in your plumbing system that close too quickly, this could be causing air in the pipes, which will result in a hammering or banging sound. While you only see water come out of the faucet when you turn it on, water is always in your plumbing system. If there are air pockets in the water, then when you turn the faucet on the air will come out first and will make the faucet bang.
You expect certain things in your home to work when you need them. When you open the refrigerator, you expect the milk to be cold, and when you flip the switch on the wall, you expect the lights to turn on. This is true for your plumbing system too. If your system is acting up and making noise, call a professional plumber to troubleshoot with these tips.