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When Are Noisy Pipes Worrisome?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you have ever had to deal with a pipe break in Woodstock, GA you may be a little paranoid when you hear popping and hammering coming from your plumbing. However, not every sound is something you need to be worried about. The most common noises that need to be addressed include the following:

" Whistling
" Ticking
" Banging

It might be hard to tell when the noises are a problem, so to be safe, you may want to call in a plumber to assess any recurring noises you hear.


Clogs and blockages can cause your plumbing to make a whistling noise. This issue is usually located at a faucet, shower head or valve. Typically, whistling noises are easily remedied by cleaning shower heads, replacing washers or tightening screws. Sometimes you may get a clog inside a pipe. With this extra pressure in the plumbing, you may have to worry about a pipe bursting.


Ticking noises are often associated with thermal expansion. When hot water goes through a cooler pipe, the pipe expands from the heat. This issue is usually not worrisome. However, thermal expansion can also take place when water sits in an exterior pipe in cold weather. If you have an exterior pipe that gets too cold, it could actually lead to a pipe break due to frozen water.


You may hear a banging rattle when you first turn a faucet on; this is due to trapped air. You can fix this issue by draining the pipes. This helps balance out the air pockets. Banging can also be caused by high water pressure. If the pipes shudder when the water is turned off, it can lead to loose connections and eventually leaks. If you hear banging when you turn off your water, you should call in help before you have to fix a broken pipe and get help from water damage experts.

Pipes can make noises for a lot of reasons. If you hear a lot of sounds, it may be helpful to get a professional opinion on your noises to decrease your chance of having a pipe break. Visit http://www.SERVPROcherokeecounty.com for more information on water damage. 

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