Have you ever turned on the dishwasher and then settled down for the night to read a good book when all of a sudden the silence was broken by some ghoulish noises coming from the walls? Have you ever heard banging, popping, or rumbling as you walked through the halls? Have you ever heard strange gurgling noises or moaning coming from the kitchen? When you turn off your faucet or flush your toilet does it sound like a deranged and trapped carpenter is hammering somewhere in your home? During the Halloween season we are even more sensitive to these spooky occurrences. These noises are probably not ghosts trying to communicate with your from the great beyond. But the plumbing noises in your Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, & Texas Hill Country home or business are trying to tell you something.
Change in Temperatures
Some pipe noises occur simply because the temperature is changing. Metal contracts in colder weather and expands in warmer weather. When warm water runs through a cold pipe it could cause some squeaking and really shouldn’t be a cause for concern. However, very loud plumbing noises can indicate a quick shift in temperature that isn’t good for the pipe and could weaken the pipe over time. If you hear loud plumbing pipe noises when turning on the hot water, dishwasher, or washing machine you are going to want to call a professional plumber from Holloway Plumbing to check things out. Not only will they make sure there isn’t a ghoul living in the pipe, but they will also diagnose the problem and prevent any scary and expensive pipe breaks in the future.
Vent Pipe Clog
Water isn’t the only thing that flows through your plumbing pipes. In order for plumbing to work correctly air also has to be able to pass through the pipes. This air is brought in through the vent systems. Whenever you put a large demand on the plumbing system like flushing a toilet or when the washing machine is draining, it also puts a demand on the vent system to provide more air. And if your home is using PVC piping, the air flowing through the pipes could make some eerie pipe organ sounds. If your pipes make a lot of moaning sounds, or you hear gurgling coming from the drains while running the washing machine, dishwasher, or when flushing the toilet, you may have a vent pipe clog. A vent pipe clog prevents the sewer gases from leaving your home and they can actually come back up the pipes and make you sick. They can also prevent oxygen from getting in the system which will decrease your sewer systems ability to maintain water seals and break down organic material. Luckily vent pipe clogs are an easy fix for the plumbing experts at Holloway Plumbing. Call us today and we will chase those little gremlins away!
Probably the scariest and most commonly complained about plumbing noise that goes bump in the night, or day for that water, is a water hammer. This occurs when you suddenly shut off the water from a faucet, or after flushing a toilet, or anytime the flow of water suddenly stops. When the water suddenly stops it send a pressure or shock wave through the water that creates the hammer noise. These shock waves exert a lot of pressure and can damage pipes and seals over time. If this problem isn’t addressed it can cause your pipes to leak or even burst. The Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, & Texas Hill Country plumbing experts at Holloway Plumbing can install an air chamber or pressure-reducing valve that will solve this water hammer and ease any fears of psychotic carpenters or burst pipes. And if the noise occurs while the water is running it may be a loose pipe that needs to be secured…and we can take care of that too.
Water heater sediment
The creepy popping, rumbling, or sizzling noise that comes from your water heater can also be nerve racking. Is that thing going to explode? No. What that sound normally indicates is that you have a buildup of sediment on the bottom of the water heater that is releasing steam and causing all the ruckus! You should try to drain the sediment out, or call us to have it tuned up. If you leave the sediment there it can cause corrosion and lessen the lifespan of the water heater. Plus, having a sediment build up means that the water heater isn’t running as efficiently as it can. Give us a call, we will exorcise the demons out of that water heater and have it running efficiently and quietly.
Those scary noises coming from the pipes and walls won’t require a priest, but they also shouldn’t be ignored. That is why this month we are offering a
FREE GHOST BUSTING PLUMBING CHECK
where we will diagnose those strange noises and suggest some solutions. Because We are honored to help keep your family safe by providing superior service. We are here to help all of our Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, & Texas Hill Country neighbors with all of their plumbing needs. Feel free to contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and our qualified technicians will help remedy any of your plumbing issues. And for testimonials, money saving tips and coupons, visit us on the web or call one of our friendly representatives today . We’re working hard to be your plumber for life. For plumbing the right way, call Holloway! Contact Us today!