Noisy Water Pipes: Worse Than Your Neighbors

We’ve all been in that situation where you relocated or you have a new neighbor and they are just plain LOUD and makes you want to throw a brick at their window just to make them shut up? It’s a very common thing in actual fact but you know what is worse when added up? Noisy water pipes.

That rumbling noise you hear under the floor or above the ceiling can really grind your gears. What’s to say that you already had one pre-existing problem then came a new one. It’s not a comfortable experience I’ll tell you that.


Well here we will identify what are the causes of noisy water pipes:

  • Water Hammer - Water rushing through the pipe and moving rapidly and forcefully out the faucet. The water flow is brought to an abrupt stop when you shut down the faucet. But somewhere that power has to go. Normally there is an air chamber in the pipe in the wall behind every warm and cold faucet. It used to be soldered vertically by about 10 inches of tube. Then it would move up that vertical pipe when the rushing water was stopped where it would reach a cushion of air in the pipe. That would stop the force of water from rattling or hammering the tubes. Now there are commercial air pads in the same location that do the same work connected to the pipe. Hammering can grow because the air in that small vertical riser is lost over the years and therefore the cushioning impact is lost.
  • Loose Pipes - Another cause of noisy water pipes is a loose pipe under the house. The flushed water moves rapidly and in large volume and can cause a pipe to sway, setting up a rattling effect.
  • Worn Out Washer - A worn out washer in a faucet or valve often causes whistling in water pipes or squeaky pipes. The direct source of this squealing is in the valves that connect to the washing machine.

All in all, all those rattling and banging is such an annoyance that you would be a mad man to go through it and not do something about it. I’m not saying that you are a magical “Mr. Fixit” but the least you can do is call your professional plumbing services to come and plow through the problem lickety-split!

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