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While your plumbing system will always make some noise, there are certain sounds that could indicate a problem. Below are three possible causes to some of these noises as well as solution suggestions for each.
Faucet Shakes And Sounds Like A Jackhammer When It's Turned On
Usually, your faucet sounds like a jackhammer when you turn it on because some air has become trapped inside the pipes. Not only is this noise loud and annoying, the rapid pulsations could eventually shake your pipe joints loose or knock one of the brackets out.
The easiest way to flush the air out is to turn on all of your faucets at one time at half strength. Leave them on for two minutes or until you no longer hear the noise.
If the above does not work and you still notice the problem, try flushing the pipes for an additional two minutes. If this still does not work, you may need to have a plumber look at your pipes and professionally flush the air out.
Pipes Bang After You Turn A Faucet Off And On
Whenever you turn the faucet both on and off, you may notice a one loud bang right after each. This could be caused by a sudden change in pressure, especially when the water pressure is set too high for your home's plumbing system. This phenomenon is called water hammering.
If allowed to continue, the sudden, high pressure caused by water hammering could eventually bust the pipe joints. One fix you can do yourself is to decrease the pressure by adjusting the pressure valve. Because you do not want your pressure to be too low, try lowering the setting a little at a time until you see improvement.
For example, if you find that your valve is set to 40 psi, lower it by two degrees to 38 psi. Turn your faucets on one at a time to see if you still hear the bang. If so, decrease it by another two degrees and repeat the test.
If you reach 10 degrees below the current setting and still hear the noise, do not continue because going any further would make your pressure too low for your home. In the example above, you would not go below 30 psi.
When the banging still occurs after trying to decrease the pressure, you may need to have a professional plumber install a pressure regulator. This tank filters and controls the amount of pressure that goes through your pipes at one time without sacrificing the amount of water coming out of your faucets.
Toilet Whistles Each Time You Flush It
Usually, a whistling sound when you flush your toilet does not indicate a problem with your pipes. It is usually attributed to a leaky fill valve. However, the constant leak could cause a marked increase in your water bill. It can also eventually lead to corrosion of the tank or intake pipes.
After flushing your toilet, turn off the water valve to the tank. If you have a leaking fill valve, you will still hear water dripping or a low whine caused by the water escaping. If so, you can replace the valve yourself.
Kits are found at any hardware store or home improvement center. If possible, take out the valve and bring it with you to the store so you can compare it with the new one. This help ensures that you purchase the correct one for your toilet.
When trying to find the source of your plumbing's noises, you may not be able to discern the cause. If so, you may want to contact a plumber to come to your home and inspect your pipes and discuss with you options for lessening or getting rid of the sounds.Share