Have you ever turned off the faucet in your Decatur home and heard a loud hammering noise? Have you heard a popping or rumbling noise? What about a loud banging sound coming from the basement? At Lamco Plumbing, we’ve heard our fair share of plumbing noises, and we’re well aware of their causes. With Halloween around the corner, we want to expose the creepy sounds for what they really are—noisy plumbing!
If you hear…
A Popping or Rumbling Noise Coming From Your Water Heater
- Gunk has built up at the bottom or your water heater. When the gunk is heated up, moisture is released into the tank water as steam, making the popping or rumbling noise.
- Call Lamco Plumbing to flush out your water heater and vacate the gunk. This buildup could cause water heater corrosion and a decrease in your water heater’s lifespan.
- Removing the buildup will improve your water heater’s efficiency, increase its lifespan, and get rid of the noise!
- One or more of your plumbing pipes is striking into something in its vicinity.
- You may be able to simply buffer the pipe with padding, foam rubber, or kitchen sponges.
- If buffering the troublesome pipe doesn’t help or you’re unable to find the banging pipe, contact Lamco Plumbing, and we’ll locate and repair the issue, so that you won’t end up with damaged plumbing pipes.
A Hammering Noise That Occurs After You Turn Off the Water
- High-pressured water in your pipes must suddenly come to a halt when the water is turned off. This abrupt stop creates a shockwave in your plumbing pipe, causing the hammering noise. This is called a water hammer.
- Continued pressure within your plumbing pipes could cause a burst pipe or a failed pipe fitting, so a water hammer must be repaired.
- Sometimes a water hammer can be repaired by turning off the water and running the remaining water out of the faucet that is causing the water hammer. This allows a cushion of air to form inside a chamber, relieving the pressure. If this doesn’t fix the problem contact Lamco Plumbing to determine if you need to have an air chamber or pressure-reducing valve installed.
Lamco Plumbing is happy to help you rid your Decatur, ALhome of any annoying (or spooky) plumbing noises. You can count on our certified plumbers to be courteous and respectful to you and your home. Our plumbers are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial water heating and/or plumbing needs. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit our website. And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.