When is a house like a car? – when you can hear what’s wrong with it by the strange sounds it’s making.
Plumbers and mechanics both will often diagnose a problem by listening to the sounds your property makes, and it’s our expertise and experience that makes this deduction magic happen.
At Triton plumbing, we’re not just a full-service plumbing company, but we also do home renovation for many issues that come up in your home over the course of its lifetime.
Stop, Children, What’s That Sound?
To help you figure out when you need to call us, we’ve put together a list of some of the common sounds we hear and help you understand what may be causing them.
You can get everything from gurgling to screeching to banging to…well, we hear all kinds of things.
Some folks are comfortable taking care of their own small repairs, but if you’d rather the pros take care of your plumbing complaints, then give us a call.
If You Hear Gurgling…
Gurgling is much cuter in a baby, if we’re being honest – in drains, it means you have a problem with your drain vents.
Drains require proper venting to prevent air bubbles, and so if you hear a gurgling sound, you may need to replace those vents.
Drain vent issues can cause water to not flow through as easily, and the gurgling is the sound the water makes as it works its way around clogs that block the water.
If you hear gurgling in ANY of your drains, call your plumber to come have a look at the vents for you.
If You Hear Screeching…
Screeching faucets are almost as bad as nails on a chalkboard, so we hear from our clients about this one a lot.
Sometimes the screech is when you turn the tap on or off, but other times, the screech is the sound that happens between turning on the tap and the water coming out.
This is usually caused by the valve, and indicates the faucet is worn out and needs replacing – however, your plumber can tell you if its fixable or if it would be cheaper just to upgrade your whole faucet assembly to something shiny and new.
If you’ve been thinking about replacing your faucet, this might be a great time to do so – often, a new valve can be almost as expensive as a new faucet, especially if you have an older model.
If You Feel Shaking…
When water barrels through your pipes, there will always be a little shaking that accompanies the movement.
Most, however, don’t cause loud noises or cause a mini-earthquake near your sink.
Usually loudly-shaking pipes are a result of mounting straps that have loosened around your pipes, which should be tight and secure.
Sometimes this issue is as simple as tightening them again, but at other times the straps need to be changed, or parts that have been pulled and shaken are worn out and need replacing.
Either way, your plumber can help you figure that out and fix the problem for you easily.
If You Hear Banging…
Lastly, we have banging, which people complain about when they turn on the water in their home, and it even has its own diagnostic name: a water hammer.
This is one we recommend you call your plumber about, because when a closing valve makes that hammering sound, it can indicate that there are also damaged pipes and loose joints in your plumbing.
Water hammers happen when a you close a valve and the water abruptly stops running; air chambers in pipe valves can clog with water, and a plumber will need to clear those chambers for you and check your pipes.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
If you’ve searched one of these sounds and were directed to our blog, it’s very likely you’ve got a problem you need help handling.
There’s no need to have your peace and quiet disturbed when you’ve got your friendly neighbourhood plumber to restore your zen space with our plumbing expertise.
Call Triton Plumbing now for a quick consult and we’ll be right over to help you out.