Why Are my Pipes Rattling?

August 28, 2019

The plumbing in your walls is extremely important and needs to be reliable, but it should be so quiet you don’t even remember that it’s there. However, sometimes plumbing can decide to make its presence known, and does so with a thumping or rattling noise that’s both annoying and worrisome.

 

To help you better understand what’s going on, here are three reasons this rattling noise can happen.

 

Water Hammer

This banging or rattling noise is often referred to as “water hammer”, and it’s caused by a blocked vent pipe in your plumbing. Water moving through your pipes can create a vacuum, which is normally dispelled by a vent that pokes out through the roof near your faucet or plumbing fixture. However, when the vent is clogged, a vacuum can form, and this vacuum can create the hammering noise.


High Pressure

High water pressure is also a cause of loud banging and rattling noises in your pipes. If you’re noticing this noise when turning a faucet on or off, this is probably your issue.

 

Loose Mounts

Vibration or rattling sounds could be a symptom of a loose fitting or mount somewhere in your lines. Inspect all of the pipes in your home, including their fittings like corners and T-joints for any loose fittings. Not only could these be the source of the rattling, but they could also be the cause of a leak that’s doing water damage in your walls.

 

If you’re experiencing a thumping or rattling in your plumbing, you shouldn’t ignore it! Call Clear Drain Plumbing today!

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