What's That Banging in My Plumbing? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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What's That Banging in My Plumbing? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

If you live in an older home with noisy pipes, call Billy the Sunshine Plumber to help quiet things down.

You were looking forward to an early night and a good sleep after getting back from viewing Christmas lights, but your plumbing wasn’t cooperative. Instead of indulging in dreams of sugr plums, you were awakened by a banging sound from your plumbing. Not that that is unusual, but you were hoping for a peaceful night.

Sounds as if you have a water hammer.

“When something goes bump in the night, it could be water moving through your valves and pipes,” realtor.com says. “But when you hear loud banging coming from your plumbing or valves, it’s a problem called a water hammer. If your house is more than a decade old, you can probably attest to hearing this sudden and often disturbing cacophony.”

Realtor.com explains, “It’s a common misconception that water flows smoothly through pipes, valves, toilets, and the pump. In fact, water churns and tumbles in your water system as it moves from a tank, through pipes, and eventually out of valves and faucets. Mostly, all of that water movement causes a steady sound that we hardly notice. But sometimes, when you shut off the valve or water suddenly, or when there’s a sudden pressure increase, water comes to a sharp halt, causing the familiar water hammer sound. The sound, or water hammer, is the result of in-line pipes moving and bumping around in their hangers.

Hammering can be caused by waterlogged air chambers, clogged chambers, or excess pressure in your plumbing system. It can also be the result of a valve or pipe clog, which can produce a staccato banging sound.”

The good news is that water hammers can be fixed.

You can try to fix it yourself by turning off the valve that supplies water to the house and allowing it to drain before turning it back on.

But if that doesn’t work, or you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, then it’s time to call a plumber who can snake out the system and, if needed, install a pressure-reducing valve and/or an air chamber.

If you don’t have a plumber you can trust, then it’s time to get to know the 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the Tampa Bay 24-hour plumber of choice since 1924 when he first opened for business. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open 24/7/365 in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Days, nights, weekends, or holidays, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you, even on Christmas and other holidays. 

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