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There are several reasons why you lay have noisy water pipes but what is certain is that once you have them you’ll want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. The noise can be more than just irritating; it can be dangerous.
Your first thought may be to contact the Plumbing Detectives. This is a good idea; the experts will be able to help you resolve this issue. However, it is worth understanding what causes noisy water pipes.
At the very least this will help you to determine how quickly the issue needs to be dealt with; even if you don’t want to do it yourself.
The water in your pipes is under a lot of pressure. This should be obvious when you open the faucet. Water hammer refers to the noise that you get when you turn the valve off and the water slams into the valve. You’ll hear a loud thud as this happens.
It can damage the joints in your pipework and the seals on your faucets.
The cause is a lack of air in the pipes. You’ll find there is an upright pipe near your faucet which acts as an air pressure control. The air cushions and slows the progress of the water; preventing the hammering noise. However, over time the air can be pushed out by the water, taking away your noise reducing cushion.
You’ll need to flush the pipes out to get rid of it.
If you have copper pipes in your home then it’s possible they can make a juddering noise. This happens when the pipe expands because of the hot water inside it. This then causes the pipe to rub against other pipes or a nearby fixture.
To prevent this you’ll need to find the pipe that is making the noise and surround it with foam padding; this will prevent the noise from occurring although it may then start in a different section of the pipes.
It is also possible to reduce the temperature of your water slightly. This may reduce the amount the pipe is expanding by and eliminate the noise.
High Water Pressure
If your water pressure is too high it can actually cause your pipes to shake and judder. This is because the water is looking for somewhere to go and has nowhere. The sheer pressure can make your pipes move; especially if they are not clipped into place securely.
In addition to causing a noise, the high water pressure is likely to damage the seals on joints and appliances. This could cause a water leak or dramatically shorten the life of your appliances.
The easiest way to resolve this issue is actually to use a water pressure regulator. These are fitted into your supply line as early as possible. You can then adjust the pressure to balance between giving you a good flow and not having any knocking noise. Don’t be surprised if this takes you a few attempts to get right.