There are several reasons why your plumbing pipes might produce rattling sounds. The common causes of noisy pipes include loose connections, high water pressure, or a “water hammer.”
A water hammer occurs when the movement of water through the pipes suddenly starts or stops. This can happen when the valves close quickly, causing the plumbing pipes to vibrate and make noise. The good news is that none of these issues are too troublesome for a professional plumber to handle.
Cloudy Water is One of the Signs of a Plumbing Problem
An underlying problem may cause tap water to become unusually cloudy or dirty. Corroding pipes can tint the water blue or green. Brown water might be caused by a faulty hot water system or iron in the pipes. Cloudy water might be air bubbles or sediment. A plumber can help you identify the problem and complete the necessary repairs.
Discoloration on the Walls or Ceiling
When the pipes passing through the ceiling or behind the walls leak, you may notice areas of discoloration or staining. You might also see bubbling paint, peeling or bubbling wallpaper, and mold growth. To prevent further damage to your home, call a professional to locate and repair the problem.
Your piping system is fitted with traps and vents to prevent sewer gas from entering your home. But if the vent is cracked or the drain trap becomes too dry, you could experience an awful odor in your house.
The plumber will check for any signs of cracking on the drain trap. If the vents are the issue, then the problem is more complicated to repair. It can require removing part of the wall around the affected area to look for cracks or damage.
Signs of a Plumbing Problem: Slow Drains
If water is draining slowly, you may be dealing with blocked pipes. A few of the possible causes of a blockage include:
- dirt, hair, or other debris clogging the drain
- flushing wrong types of materials
- tree roots blocking the drainage system
- foreign objects in the main sewer
A professional plumber will be able to diagnose and unblock the drain system.
You likely have a plumbing problem if you experience any of the above issues. If you notice any of these signs, contact a plumbing company right away to identify the problem and make repairs.