A foot of water in your basement is a sure sign that something's wrong with your plumbing, but sometimes the symptoms aren't so obvious. They could seem insignificant, like hearing a strange sound whenever you flush the upstairs toilet. However, you should never ignore these signs. If your plumbing is making noise, it's trying to get your attention. Something is wrong, and you need to fix it or at least have it looked at to make sure none of your plumbing features are in any imminent danger. Following are some weird plumbing sounds and what they mean.
If your toilets make a weird percolating or boiling sound whenever you run water, you could have a main sewer line blockage. When a blockage occurs, water cannot drain properly and instead gets pushed through other lines and comes out in your tub, sink, or toilet bowl. A sewer line blockage is a major problem that can cause a lot of damage if it's not taken care of. If your hot water tank sounds like it's boiling, it could have sediment in the bottom of it.
Banging pipes can scare your socks off, but they are trying to tell you something. Whenever you hear a loud bang, that's water rushing through the lines getting trapped abruptly at a closed valve located somewhere within your walls. This particular problem needs attention because stopped and blocked water places pressure on pipes and can cause cracks and leaks in the joints and/or cause an entire line to blow.
Loud moaning and whining sounds while you're running your shower or after you flush the toilet can really get annoying. They can also be a sign that you have a minor plumbing issue. A moaning toilet often has a faulty fill valve. And, sometimes, faucets will emit moaning sounds when they have a loose or damaged washer. So you don't have to call the plumber right away, but you do have to have your pipes looked at if they're making this noise.
Pipes that are not secured properly can shake within the walls when you run water, causing a rumbling sound. Pressure and strain placed upon moving pipes can cause leaks, so you should always have this issue looked at. Irregular water flow can also contribute to rumbling sounds.
As you can see, your pipes can make a lot of noise. Be sure to call a plumber like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc. to have any new noise investigated.
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