After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.
Your plumbing should operate quietly while water passes through it: any sort of irregular noise can point to a variety of plumbing problems that could potentially result in water damage and leaks. Understanding what the problems that certain noises that your plumbing create point to can help you troubleshoot plumbing issues early, before they can actually cause damage within your home.
One of the most common sounds that your plumbing can make is a high-pitched hissing as water exits your showerheads and water fixtures. This can point to water pressure that is too high: this can increase the overall amount of stress that is placed on your pipes, making wear and tear much more intense and a leak more likely. High water pressure can be caused by a variety of different factors, from hard water buildup in your pipes (which can be fixed with a water softener) to a showerhead or faucet that is too small (and thus should be replaced).
A partial blockage within a drain will commonly create a gurgling sound as water passes by it. Such a blockage can also come with the smell of sewage, depending on the type of drain that is affected, as well as generally slow draining water. A drain snake is usually the best bet to remove these clogs, as the end of the snake will simply physically break the clog up and prevent it from turning into a full-blown blockage. Avoid chemical drain cleaners, which can cause structural damage to your pipes.
Rattling and Shaking
If you notice that there is a loud vibrating or rattling sound that emanates from a certain area of your home when you turn the water on, the issue isn't actually with your pipes but with the brackets that hold them in place. Usually, this can be fixed fairly easily by simply retightening the screws that hold the brackets in place, or installing a new screw if the old one has rusted out. Keep in mind that this is still a serious repair that you shouldn't put off, as rattling pipes will suffer from increased stress and will be more likely to leak.
If you notice that your faucets, and your showerheads in particular, sputter as they are turned on, you may have hard water. Look for a chalky white buildup on the lip of the faucet and showerhead: this buildup of calcium can block water from exiting. Installing a water softener can prevent this sputtering from happening, and ensure a proper flow of water out of your faucets.
Contact a service, like Brother's Plumbing, for more help.