Your pipes go through varying temperature and pressure changes from time to time. If the pipes don't make noise and work perfectly well, they become out of mind and sight. So, what happens the moment they start to make an angry sound? There are lots of problems which can cause the noise in the water pipe; while it is easy to fix some, there are some others which take time. If you have noisy water pipes, continue reading to know the cause and also make bring an end to it either by fixing it yourself or maybe reaching out to plumbers in Haringey.
The Water Hammer: Banging or Hammering Pipe Noises
A frequent cause of noisy pipes is water hammers. This happens when an individual turns off the water, and the water on the pipes are searching for somewhere to go due to high pressure in the pipes, thereby banging against the pipe walls or shut-off valve. The sound is hammering and only happens after the appliance or faucet is turned off. In order to correct this, you should reset the air chambers of the water system. Shut off the water supply of your home by turning off the main shut-off valve of your home, then open the whole of your faucets to drain the pipes completely. Always remember your lowest faucets, like an outdoor hose bib or a basement sink. Then turn on the water, and you should stop hearing the hammering noises.
If after resetting the pressure chambers, the hammering sound does not go away, do check the supply pipes. Some pipes in older homes are not well secured, so they shake a lot and make waves that result in water hammers. You can put plumber's tape or clips where necessary. Lastly, you can reach out to a plumber to examine the pipes more; you may also need to install a water surge arrester to correct any issue of water hammer.
Whistling Pipe Noises
We have two kinds of whistling in plumbing systems: whistling by particular valves or faucets and whistling in the pipe system. If like one or two faucets are whistling while running, the issue is most likely a loose brass screw, work washer; or grimy aerator in the faucet. To repair, you will be required to turn off the water supply and replace the affected parts. A new ballcock valve is always needed in a whistling toilet which becomes silent the moment the tank is filled. A toilet which whistles every time most likely has a problem on the vertical overflow tube, bend the float arm down a little to turn off the ballcock sooner.
If that whistling noise seemingly comes from everywhere, it's possible the mineral buildup is too much, an ineffective pressure regulator, or a worn main water supply valve. You should opt for an expert to help you check the severity of these particular problems and recommend a solution that will be effective. It will depend on the layout of your supply system and the age of your pipes.
Vibrating and Thrumming Pipe Noises
Vibrating and thrumming pipes denotes too much water pressure. The pressure of your water can be tested at home by buying a threaded pressure Guage which directly screws to a valve or faucet. Be sure that the water pressure of your home does not go more than 80 psi. If it goes more than that, you can contact our emergency plumber to install a pressure regulator because a high water pressure can cause harm to a home.
Other Pipe Noises and Their Causes
There are other pipe noises which are common like rubbing noise or a faint squeak caused by copper pipes which are not properly insulated. When hot water run through the pipes, they heat up, expand and rub against the structural features of the house. Due to the fact that supply pipes are normally inside the dry walls, people who own homes do not usually want to open anything up to patch those pipes. If your pipes are made of copper and you feel this may be your problem, you can attempt to turn down the water heater temperature slightly; sometimes a slight difference in temperature gets rid of the problem, so you do not need to ask any plumber to do invasive pipework.
A ticking or dripping noise is also something to be concerned about. It could be a leak or drain issue, both of which need to be left to be diagnosed and repaired by an expert. It could also be a minor issue which you can repair yourself, like pressure issue or thermal expansion. Do some troubleshooting. As said earlier in this post, reset your air chamber. If the sound does not stop, fill the sink of your bathroom with hot water then flush the toilet, that will put cold water into your pipes. After that, drain the hot water which is inside the sink, if you hear some noise, you most likely hear just thermal expansion, though it's annoying, it is not a true concern. If none of these methods gets rid of the ticking or dripping noises, seek help from an expert.
Get Plumbing Help From an Expert
If you need assistance with noisy pipe issue and would like an inspection, consultation, or repair, reach out to our Pipework Replacement Service in Haringey. Our certified experts will always be ready to help you with your plumbing problems, and we are happy to do routine maintenance so you can avoid any future issues and too much wear on your plumbing system.
If the sound you're hearing is different from the ones mentioned in this post, did you have a second thought that the problem may not be plumbing-related? All you need to do in this situation is put a call through to us, and our experts will provide professional assistance on what you can do.
Contact us now on 020 34752302; our professional plumbers will be glad to help