You hear whistling and hammering at your home in Florida. You peek in on your family and it is not any of them. Who could it be? Surprisingly, it could be your pipes. Ignoring these sounds could lead to a disastrous pipe break in the future. Read below to learn what these sounds mean and what to do next.
Hammering or banging sounds occur when water slams into the sides of the pipe when the flow is suddenly shut off. Before a pipe break occurs, solve this by taking the following measures:
•Examine your pipes to see if any pipes are banging against something or missing pipe straps. If this is the case, fix the broken pipe by adding replacement pipe straps or inserting padding where the banging occurs.
•Install an air chamber when the pipe does not contain water. The resulting pocket of air softens the blow of the water slamming abruptly, and lessens the hammering noise. Depending on the location and severity of the noise, these chambers can be installed behind faucets or on the main water line to the house.
Whistling noises happen when water quickly flows through a small opening, usually related to faucets or toilet tanks. To avoid a potential pipe burst, take the appropriate next steps:
•First, isolate the problem by turning on and closely listening to each faucet and toilet individually until you locate the source.
•For faucets, turn off the water supply and tighten or replace the interior washer and screw. For toilets, repair, adjust or replace the ballcock mechanism inside the tank.
Be vigilant about the sounds your pipes make in Florida. If you do not take action to fix the problem, a pipe break may occur. Once a pipe burst happens in your home, the likelihood of water damage to your home and belongings is substantial. In this event, fix the broken pipe, call your insurance agent and contact a water restoration specialist as soon as possible.