Why do my pipes make banging, hammering, vibrating, or rattling noises when I turn on the water?

Noisy plumbing is a problem that we find mostly in older homes, with older pipes and plumbing. Newer construction obviously has a leg up on this; the new piping, drains, and appliances are designed to be noise- and problem-free, and they generally are, at least up until the 15-year mark or so. There are several possibilities for noisy plumbing, including:

  • Banging or hammering: If it sounds like your pipes or banging, or hammering, then the likely culprit is water pressure that is too high. Banging, or “water hammering,” is a common problem here in Arizona. A water pressure regulator is the recommended fix for this, and a majority of houses have them, as it keeps from wasting water. So – if you have a water pressure regulator, but you still have banging, it may not be set correctly, and the water pressure may still be too high for your system. You need to look at it and perhaps adjust it so it doesn’t go over 50 psi. If you don’t have a water pressure regulator, well – check out our Knowledge Center article on it HERE, because we can handle it for you.
  • Rattling: Rattling pipes are a different thing than banging or hammering pipes; the former is clearly from high water pressure, whereas a rattling pipe generally signals a pipe that isn’t secured very well somewhere, usually in your attic. You can affect a DIY fix yourself by getting a brace to hold it in place, wrapping it with insulation, or even stuffing a towel between the pipe and the wall, if the area is small and you’re really low-tech. If your pipe is rattling inside a wall, it’s the same issue, and – unless you feel like opening up your wall and then closing, plastering, and repainting it – it’s probably fine to leave it alone. If it’s really driving you crazy though, give us a call, because we can find it and make it stop.
  • Vibrating: If you’ve got a pipe that sort of hums because it “shivers” noticeably when the water is turned on – then it’s likely that there’s a small leak in a line somewhere that is drawing air into the pipe, so that air bubbles are bouncing around inside your pipe. Unfortunately, a small leak is also a leak that’s generally not easy to find, so there’s no real DIY solution. But you can give us a call and we’ll find it – and take care of it for you.

Why does my water smell terrible?

My water smells bad ! -Why?

There re several reasons why your water smells bad

Taste and smell are closely linked – without smell we couldn’t taste anything. So chances are that if you’re having problems with the taste of your water – you’re also having problems with the smell of it. It can be confusing, in fact. It may seem like your water tastes bad, but when you really taste it – it tastes fine. The fact is that the smell affects how you “perceive” the taste of your water. Here are the offending parties when it comes to odiferous water:

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  • The bad smell may not be in your water – it may be in your drains: When it comes to smells, there is one important caveat: while it can be caused by an outer issue – often, the problem is actually inside the system, that is – inside your drain, your pipes, or your water heater rather than in the water itself. You can test this yourself by running a glass of water, stepping away from the sink or tub – and then smelling it. If you don’t smell anything from the glass when you step away, then what you’re smelling isn’t the water, it’s bacteria, algae, and mold from old food particles, grease, and other unsavory thing growing in your drains. Dealing with the issue in your drain is a fairly simple procedure: a flush with baking soda, vinegar, or a commercial drain cleaning agent should take care of it.
  • Water smells bad but the smell may not be in your water – it may be in your water heater: If you are be dealing with water that smells like rotten eggs, it’s sulfur, and that generally means there’s a problem in your water heater. If it’s in your water heater, then you may need to sanitize your water heater, or replace a magnesium anode rod in it, because it is reacting badly to the minerals in Arizona’s water system. If you’re feeling handy, there are DIY “Water Heater Odor Killer Kits” that you can get at any big box home improvement store that you can use to take care of the problem. This is a many-multi-step procedure, however, which does require some tools and partial drainage of your water heater, so be sure and allow an afternoon to a day to handle it. Or – if you don’t feel like dealing with it yourself, go ahead and give us a call and let us come out and take care of it for you. We’ve got the “stuff” to make it an easy fix, and the cost in time and supplies is comparable – and easier – than trying to go it alone! hydrogen gas sulfide hydrogen sulfide hot hot water odors rotten egg rotten egg hydrogen water sources heater hydrogen gas water heaters hydrogen sulfide water sulfide water

Why does my tap water taste terrible?

Why does my tap water taste terrible ?

Does your tap water taste terrible ? We explain you why!

Generally both your nose and your taste buds can tell when water isn’t as it tasty as one would like. The second thing to know about un-tasty water is that – as is usual with most municipal water systems – 9.7 times out of 10 – it won’t hurt you, it just doesn’t taste great. The third thing to know is that we can certainly come out and test the water for you, then suggest – and even install – a filtering system for you that will give you the greatest tasting water in the valley. In the meantime – here’s what’s up with water that tastes not-so-great:

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A chlorine taste: In virtually every public or municipal water system in the country, chlorine is added at the last stage of water purification to ensure that water is absolutely safe to drink. Chlorine isn’t harmful to us in the tiny dosages used for water, and it absolutely kills any harmful germs and/or bacteria that may still be around after the water has gone through varying filtration stages. It’s important to know that municipalities monitor chlorine levels carefully, but sometimes more is needed to treat the water, and that may result in more of a chlorine smell. Conversely, some people are particularly sensitive to the taste and smell of chlorine, and tend to notice it far sooner than most people do. Again, the thing to remember is that it’s for your own good and it won’t hurt you.

A metallic or bitter taste: If you have copper, iron, or galvanized pipes – your water may have a metallic or bitter taste or smell, especially when you first turn it on. This is because the water has been sitting around in the pipes for a bit; you’ll notice it generally happens first thing in the morning when the water hasn’t been run for awhile. That’s also how to fix the problem – just run the water to get to the fresher content. HOWEVER – remember that we’re dealing with a water situation here in the Southwest, so be sure to run the water into a bucket or pitcher, and then use it to water your plants, or for cleaning. The water is also perfectly fine to drink, it just isn’t very tasty.

A musty taste: A “musty,” “earthy” taste (hard to describe) is generally a seasonal issue. In the spring especially, plant matter and algae is more prevalent in lakes, reservoirs, and the canals we have that lead to our water treatment facilities. Again – it’s not an issue of safety; the water is perfectly fine to drink, it’s just the taste and/or odor that can’t be filtered out 100%. It generally disappears when the weather is cooler.

When an unpleasant taste in your water is cause for worry:

If the change in taste is very recent: If your water tasted fine (or at least “ok”) up until a very short while ago – then the problem is probably in your plumbing system, namely – the pipes, and you should have it checked/tested, as a sudden change can be indicative of more serious problems.

If the taste or particularly the odor is faintly fuel-like: Generally this is detectable more by smell than by taste, but if the water tastes (or smells) of any kind of gas, turpentine, fuel or solvent, stop drinking it immediately and call your local water processing plant. You may have a leaking storage tank close to your water utilities supply system.