Causes of Noise in your Plumbing System and the Remedies

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A quiet environment is of extreme value in and around your home. While some plumbing noise, such as the filling of a toilet cistern, the clunking of drainage pipes due to changes in temperature, and the gurgling of a sink as it drains water, are beyond your control, other sources of plumbing pipes noise can be managed. Lack of maintenance often causes the latter category of pipe noise. Therefore, it is critical for homeowners to understand the various factors that might lead to loud plumbing ducts and ways to solve the problem. This write-up highlights the different causes of loud plumbing pipes as well as corrective tips to make your home quiet again.

Water Hammer -- Whenever you open your taps, water comes out of the faucets with force due to pressure buildup in plumbing pipes when the taps were off.  For this reason, plumbers leave an air chamber behind each faucet to ease the pressure, which prevents rattling of drainage pipes. With time, however, the chamber loses air, and the rattling sound begins. You could drain the entire water system through the lowest placed faucet to force air out. As you begin restoring water by opening the primary inlet, air is replenished inside the air chambers, and the protective cushion is restored thereby addressing the rattling noise.

Worn out Washers -- Another type of noise that could come out of your plumbing system is whistling or squealing. Such noise is caused by worn out washers in either the plumbing system's faucets or valves. In most cases, the irritating sound will come from the valves that connect to your washing machine. As water flows into the washing machine, some of it is forced through the worn out washers thereby leading to the irritating squealing noise. If this is the case, shut off the washing machine and take a closer look at the washers, which are located in the water-feeder hose. If the washers are broken or appear worn out in any way, replace them to eliminate the noise.

Loose Pipes -- This is a common problem since loose plumbing pipes cannot handle the pressure of fluids travelling through them. For instance, when you flush your toilet and you hear a rattling noise, it means that the drain pipes suspended below the house do not have stabilizers. To confirm that the source of the rattling noise is a loose pipe, you would need to crawl underneath the house as most of your plumbing system's pipes pass below the house. While examining the pipes from underneath the foundation, ask another person to flush the toilet and wait for any rattling pipes. The tube that vibrates when the toilet is flushed is the source of the noise, and it should be clamped to avoid the unnecessary movement.

If you are still experiencing an excessive level of noise, call a local plumber


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