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What Causes Plumbing Pipes To Be So Noisy?

Man hands repairing pressure gaugeThere many reasons why your pipes might be making loud, banging noises.  It’s a common plumbing problem!  Take a look at these common causes to help identify your plumbing issue.

Common Causes:

  • Broken Valve or Faucet – If you turn on your faucet and hear a “klunk” followed by restricted water flow, you may have something trapped behind the opening.
  • Steam Heating – It is important to keep the water level in a steam boiler at the correct level.  Too much water added to a steam boiler can flood the pipes and cause a banging noise.
  • Forced Hot Water Heating – Forced hot water pipes are normally filled with water.  However, sometimes air can get in and cause a lot of gurgling and banging.
  • Loose Pipes – Pipes that dangle from ceilings or walls can cause banging.  Well supported pipes with insulating clips or hangers are much quieter.
  • Higher Water Pressure – Normal home water pressure is usually in the 40- to 70- psi range.  When the water pressure reaches higher, the pipes can become noisy.  Reducing water pressure will help control and minimize pipe banging noises.

This article offers more tips on why your pipes might be noisy.  You can also visit our website or call our office for more information on how we can help you minimize plumbing pipe noise.  Our professional technicians can help you install pressure reducer valves, install water hammer arrestors, drain pipes, set radiators, and more depending on your plumbing needs.  Call 1-855-GET-WAHL to contact our heating, cooling and plumbing professionals.

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