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Everyone’s plumbing makes sounds sometimes. Depending on how old your home is, and what kind of equipment you have, it is not uncommon to hear many sounds coming from your pipes and drains. Yet our Sterling plumbing pros have been around long enough to know that not all noises mean the same thing. Certain plumbing sounds are standard, while others may indicate that you’ve got a problem on your hands. Keep reading to learn what that noise coming from your plumbing system is, and make sure to call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for all your standard plumbing service needs.

Plumbing Noises You Need to Know About:

  • Banging: Banging is one of the more common plumbing noises, and tends to indicate that a valve has quickly shut off the flow of water in your system. While a banging sound is not always indicative of a problem, you may still want to have a professional plumber look at your system if you hear one, as there’s a chance this is occurring because of a blockage, or a pipe that is not secure.
  • Gurgling: Gurgling drains are not uncommon. However, if you notice air bubbles coming up out of your drains as well, you should call a plumber right away, as the combination of these things can indicate a clog or a drain venting problem.
  • Whistling: You may notice that your shower is making whistling noise every time you turn it on. If this is the case, you should remove your showerhead and check for clogs. If your shower continues to whistle, even after you have removed all evident buildup, you should call an experienced plumber to determine if there is a larger issue.
  • Hissing: Do you hear a hissing sound coming from your faucet? If so, it may because the water pressure in your pipes is too high. Watch out for water pressure changes in your shower, too, and if conditions continue to worsen, make sure to call a plumber.
  • Rattling: Most pipes rattle a little bit as water runs through them. But if this noise continues to get louder and louder, to the point where you hear it every time you use your home plumbing, it may mean that your pipes aren’t secure. Call a plumber to tighten your piping’s mounting straps, and to figure out whether you need to replace some pipes altogether.
  • Screeching: A high-pitched screech coming from your faucet is a common sign of a loose or defective washer or valve. If there is a screech or squeal coming from your faucet/faucets, call a plumber to figure out whether you need another washer, valve, or other part, or whether the whole faucet needs to be replaced.

For more information about plumbing noises, call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing now at (703) 457-8676, or click here to send us a message online.

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