Homes—and plumbing especially—can make all sorts of noises. But hearing water in your pipes unexpectedly can make you stop and pause. Where exactly is that water going and is it doing catastrophic damage to the interior of your house? There’s only one way to find out for sure, and that’s to call a plumber from Ace and get your pipes checked out.
But first, you should understand what could be causing the problems. Does hearing water in your pipes automatically mean a leak? No, luckily it doesn’t. But if you’ve never dealt with plumbing before, you might have a hard time pinpointing where the noise is coming from. Run through some possibilities and take steps to prevent further damage until a plumber can get there.
Hot Water Heating Systems
If you have a piped hot water heating system that releases warmth via radiators, occasionally hearing water in the pipes is a normal part of chilly days. However, there are times where you may hear gushes of water that sound like a terrifying leak.
In these cases, there is a possibility what you are hearing is air trapped in the pipes affecting the way the water moves as it heats. Contacting a plumber to bleed the pipes is the best way to resolve these sudden rushing sounds in your pipes.
If you suspect your pipes need to be bled, contact Ace Plumbing today. Get better—and quieter—performance from your heating system when you release the air trapped within it.
What Does a Real Leak Sound Like?
Part of distinguishing a real leak from other watery sounds in your pipes is knowing what to look for. The biggest red flag of a leak is a dripping sound. Though you may not be able to see a drip that is inside the wall or floor, you will notice a distinct drip-drip-drip noise. This can be accompanied by the sound of water flowing or hissing in the pipes.
If other causes like air trapped in the pipes have been ruled out, then it is likely you have a leak somewhere in your pipes. That means it’s time to call a plumber and prevent further damage to your home.
What Can You Do Until a Plumber Gets There?
The best thing you can do if you suspect a leak in your walls is to turn off your water. Find the valve (probably in your basement or utility room) that shuts off water in your house. You may have another valve that connects you to city water. Check near your water meter or for buried panels near the street.
This can help you pinpoint the leak as well. See if you hear any water flowing still now that incoming water is shut off. If so, make note of where.
Call Ace Plumbing for Any Potential Leaks
It’s no surprise that leaks are a problem, but depending on how strong they are, a lot of damage may be done. Don’t wait to call on leaks. We offer emergency plumbing services to make sure serious damage can be prevented as quickly as possible. Call (410) 256-7900 for plumbing assistance now.