Noisy pipes are more than just aggravating, it’s also a clear sign that there is something wrong with the pipe system. Fortunately, there are a few methods that you can use in order to silence the loud sounds. The troubleshooting tips will depend on what sound you’re hearing or where the pipes are located. For those of you, who are not skilled in using handy man tools, just let a skilled plumber fix the problem. Anyway, here are some tips on how to silence noisy pipes.
If you hear rattling noises coming from the pipes, it may be a sign of strong water pressure. The water flow is so powerful that it quickly rushes through the pipes with tremendous force, causing rattling noises. This is something you don’t want to happen since the pipes will give in and break due to the high water pressure. However, you first need to confirm if the pressure is indeed unstable.
You can purchase a water pressure test gauge from hardware stores. Simply attach the gauge to an outside regulated faucet. After that, turn on the water faucet and take note of the reading. If the psi is over 80 then the water pressure it too high. This problem can’t be solved on your own so contact a plumber to fix this type of problem. Plumbers usually recommend adding a pressure reducing valve. They can also install this equipment for you. However, if the psi is below 80, you can try out the method below.
Banging noises may be produced by the pipe anchors, especially if it’s old. The loose anchors can easily make noise as water passes through the pipe line. Locate the pipe anchors in your house and check if the metal clasps are tight or not. Change the clasps if it’s loose. Avoid installing galvanised anchors on copper pipes when placing new anchors, since this will result in more noise. Certain metals can easily create friction and annoying sounds so bear this in mind. Alternatively, you can just add more clasps in order to tighten the anchor.
Another way to stop the pipes from creating noise is to add a soft pad. You can cover the pipe with a rubber. It’s highly recommended to place insulating foam, but if you don’t have this item, you can just use a rubber garden hose or rubber inner tube. Just be sure to give a space allowance for the pipe insulation.
There are cases when it’s not the pipe causing the noise but water build-up. The air chambers on your faucets can produce hammer noise if it’s filled with water. If you noticed hammer noise whenever you turn on/off the faucet, then it’s most likely caused by water stagnation in the air chamber. What you need to do is drain the water out of the chamber. But first, you need to shut down the main water supply. You can then turn on all the faucets in the house to force the water out. When all the water is finally drained out, close every faucet before starting up the main water supply again.