Why Do I Hear Someone Hammering My Plumbing?

Why Do I Hear Someone Hammering My Plumbing?

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Whether your home is new or old, you will notice sounds at different times. Most people think the noises they hear are just the house settling but those noises can indicate a plumbing problem. If you notice rattling or knocking noises in the walls of your home, the noises are plumbing vibrations. These noises aren’t always a sign of immediate disaster, but vibrating pipes will affect the health of your home if it continues.

Reasons for plumbing vibrations aren’t easily diagnosed without proper knowledge and training. The best thing you can do for your home is to call Estes Services and schedule a plumbing service call. Our experts are trained to handle any plumbing issue and know exactly how to fix your vibrating pipes.

Causes of Plumbing Vibrations

Before you decide to tackle vibrating pipes on your own, consider the different reasons why you are experiencing plumbing vibrations in the first place:

  • Loose Pipe Clamps:

Turning on a faucet, showerhead, or other appliance increases the water flow through your pipes to the outlet. If a pipe clamp isn’t tightly secured, the surge of water causes a vibration. This vibration rattles the pipe against any solid surface next to the pipe. You can try to find where the loose clamp is by visually inspecting exposed pipework when the vibrations occur. However, if the plumbing vibrations are behind a wall, call a professional to have the hidden pipes checked.

  • High Water Pressure:

Vibration pipes can occur when the water pressure is too high. High water pressure causes pipe fittings to loosen, resulting in more violent vibrations. Check your water pressure regulator to see where your pressure is set. Recommended pressure settings are between 40 and 60 psi. If the setting is higher than 60, your pipes, fittings and other internal components of your fixtures will become stressed, causing more damage than just noisy plumbing. Our plumbing technicians will inspect your regulator and install a pressure-reducing valve to lower the pressure on your water heater.

  • Water Hammer:

Water hammer is a sudden banging sound followed by vibrating pipes. Water hammer, also known as hydraulic shock, occurs when fast flowing water strikes a closed valve. The pressure caused by the water hammer causes the pipes to vibrate loudly. Typically, home plumbing systems have air chambers installed to provide a pressure release to diminish the force of the water hammer. These air chambers can fill with water over time and stop working properly. Call an expert to have your plumbing system inspected and perform maintenance on your lines to fix the plumbing vibrations.  

Solution for Vibrating Pipes

Regardless of whether you can find the cause of your plumbing vibrations, contact a professional immediately. Home plumbing is extensive and a trained plumbing expert will know what to look for, how to fix the issue and offer solutions to prevent the problem from occurring in the future. Our plumbing technicians have been in the plumbing business since 1949. They have experienced every kind of plumbing problem and know how to get your home plumbing in prime shape.  

Don’t let loud vibrating pipes disrupt your family life, contact Estes Services today! We offer quality plumbing services to residents in and around the Atlanta, Georgia, area. We know how to keep your plumbing system quiet and running smoothly year-round.