General Plumbing Tips

Noisy Pipes

Pipe noises range from loud hammering sounds to high-pitched squeaks. The causes may be loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that’s too high. Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution; other remedies such as anchoring pipes concealed inside walls, floors or ceilings might call for Sacramento’s Plumbing Experts, Crystal Blue Plumbing.

Water Hammer

This noise occurs when you turn off the water at a faucet or an appliance quickly. The water flowing through the pipes slams to a stop, causing a hammering noise. Check for loose pipes and secure them to the wooden floor joists. Other potential problems could be air chambers within your water piping system or a high water pressure problem.

Leaking Pipes

A higher than normal water bill might be your first indication of a leaking pipe. Or you might hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are turned off. When you suspect a leak, check the fixtures first to make sure all the faucets are tightly closed. Then go to the water meter, if you have one. If the dial is moving, you’re losing water somewhere in the system.

Locating Leaks

The sound of running water helps. If you hear it, follow it to its source. You can buy a listening device that amplifies sounds when it’s held up to a pipe. Any wall stain is likely to be below the actual location of the leak and you’ll probably need to remove part of the wall to find it. Remember, if water is staining the ceiling or dripping down, the leak is probably directly above.

Shower Heads

Erratic or weak pressure usually indicates mineral buildup. To restore proper flow, clean outlet holes with a pin or unscrew the perforated face plate and soak it overnight in vinegar, then scrub it clean with an old toothbrush.

Sink Sprays & Diverters

A kitchen sink spray has a spray head attached to a hose, which is connected to a diverter valve in the faucet body. When you squeeze the spray head handle, the diverter valve reroutes water from the faucet to the spray head hose. If the flow is sluggish, make sure the hose isn’t kinked. Clean the aerator in the spray nozzle. Continued sluggishness may indicate diverter valve problems.