Loud noises coming from the water pipes are not all that uncommon. In fact, several reasons why your pipes could be making a humming or gurgling noise.
The first step to getting rid of these noises is identifying why they’re happening in the first place.
What Can Cause Bathroom Pipes To Make Noise?
As mentioned, there are several reasons why your water pipes can be making noises. Luckily, most of these are easy fixes. Call a professional plumber who can help you identify and fix your water noise issues.
Water Pressure Is Too High
When the water pressure is higher than the maximum of 80 psi (pounds per square inch), the water pipes tend to make a humming sound.
This could happen because of a faulty thermal expansion relief device or an issue with the water pressure regulator. In either case, a licensed plumber should be able to address the faulty or malfunctioning device and correct the water pressure in your pipes.
The washer in your toilet tank could be the culprit of your noise problems. When the washer is damaged or degraded, it can create a humming noise every time you flush the toilet.
If this is the case, you may try to replace the washer yourself. Simply follow these steps to replace your damaged washer:
⦁ Shut off the water supply to your toilet by turning off the water valves.
⦁ Remove the damaged washer using a screwdriver.
⦁ Install the new washer. Make sure that the new washer is the correct size.
If you don’t feel comfortable replacing the washer yourself, contact a licensed plumber with plenty of experience repairing bathrooms.
Worn-Out Toilet Flapper
The toilet flapper is the rubber seal in your toilet tank that keeps the water from leaving. If the flapper is damaged or worn out, water may be leaving the tank when it shouldn’t be.
The easiest way to test if this is happening to your toilet is to drop in a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank water. Wait for an hour or two (without flushing) and see if the coloring in the water diminished drastically. If that’s the case, then you know the water was leaving the tank when it shouldn’t have been.
How Can I Stop Water Pipes From Humming?
As discussed above, there are many possible reasons why your pipes may be humming, including clogging and rusty pipes.
If you are unable to identify why your water pipes are humming, you should contact a licensed plumber who has experience with pipe installation and pipe repairs.
Are Humming Noises Dangerous?
Any kind of noise coming from your pipes is a symptom of a bigger problem. Though you are not in immediate danger from these noises, you should identify and correct the issue as soon as possible in order to prevent costly problems down the road.
Contact an experienced plumber to help you correct your water pipe noise issues before they turn into a bigger problem. Call us at 301-370-8320 and we will arrange for a licensed plumber to come fix your water pipe noise problems.