Do Your Pipes Make A Lot Of Noise? Tips To Help You Maintain A Quieter Plumbing System

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Performing maintenance is an essential part of owning a house, one that many homeowners would rather take care of themselves to save money. If the pipes in your home make a lot of noise, it could mean the needs for repairs and maintenance. Taking the time to locate the source of the noise in your plumbing system is important for helping you avoid more expensive repairs later on. Check out some of the reasons your pipes may be making strange sounds.

Whistling Pipes Can Indicate Narrowed Water Passages

Whistling sounds coming from your faucets is a common problem and can be fixed easily and at no cost in most cases. However, making sure you figure out which faucet is the one making the whistling noises is important. To do so, go through your house and turn on each faucet, one at a time, to see which one makes the noise. Once you have located the whistling culprit, shut off the water to that faucet. You should find a shut-off valve under the sink. Once you have the water turned off that faucet, take apart the faucet and take a close look at the washer and the brass screw holding the faucet down. Sometimes, the screw becomes loose from the faucet being turned and used every day. In some cases, the washer may be twisted, causing the passage for water to narrow. The whistling sound you hear comes from water trying to pass through the smaller passage. If you prefer, you can replace the washer and screw, but you can also straighten out the washer in addition to just tightening the screw down.

Stopping The Pounding Sounds Of A Water Hammer

The sound of water hammering can be loud and frightening when you aren't expecting it. Water hammers are caused by the vibrations created in pipes that are loose or banging against a wall stud or other hard surface. Because water isn't capable of being compressed, it cannot stop on dime. Water in your pipes will slam against the interior walls of the pipes when your turn off your faucets or your washing machine stops filling up. When the water slams to a stop and the pipes are rubbing on a stud or other surface, the result is a loud, hammering noise. To stop water hammering in your home, take a close look at your pipes. It is a good idea to do so while someone is turning the water on and off so it will make the noise while you are looking for the area its coming from. If a pipe is lying against a stud or a wall, placing piece of foam rubber between them will stop the noise by cushioning the pipe. Look for pipes that are hanging from loosened straps that need to be tightened up as well.

Having your plumbing system inspected by a professional on a regular basis is a good way to avoid problems like noisy pipes and issues like drain cleaning for clogs and it can help you catch small problems before they become bigger and more expensive to fix.

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