Noisy Pipes: Causes and Solutions
Noisy pipes. Needless to say, it is a nightmare for those who are light sleepers. Your home’s pipes can go unnoticed for years until a problem occurs, such as a leak or a burst pipe, however, noisy pipes can also be a nuisance. Most homeowners have had problems with pipes that make noises even when not in use, thus creating a problem that, although may seem minor, can cause a lot of disturbance to your daily life.
First of all, there are several reasons for what may have caused a noisy pipe. However, the most common problem is high water pressure. Now, this is a problem that should never be left unattended because it may cause a bigger problem that will cost you more money than you expect. For example, if the water pressure is too high and has been occurring for too long, it will cause problems to housing appliances that use water, such as the washing machine and the dishwasher. Therefore, you should check if your house has a water pressure regulator, which many modern homes already have, that can control the pressure of the water when it enters the house. However, if your house does not have one, you can get one installed.
Another cause of noisy pipes is the Water Hammer, which is not well known but is also common. Unlike the water pressure problem, this one occurs when the water is turned off and has nowhere to go, thus, it slams up against the shut-off valve, resulting in a loud sound that resembles a hammer. Although this problem can damage the pipes around the joints and connections area, it can be easily solved by installing a water hammer arrestor, which will offer a spring-loaded shock absorber to redirect the force of the water. On the other hand, if you desire to solve this problem without installing devices, you can opt to clear your air chamber – which is a vertical pipe located near the faucet – by turning off your water supply, then turning on all your faucets and finally turning on the water supply again. That way you will drain all the remaining water in the air chamber.
Lastly, but not least, there are the copper pipes. Although copper is a great material for piping, it can cause a disruption in your daily life by making noise. It happens because copper is a material that expands when exposed to heat, thus when the hot water flows through, the pipes will expand and can rub against the interior structural materials of the house. Do not be alarmed, it does not cause danger to the structure of the house, on the contrary, copper is an excellent material for those who desire to remodel their home. However, if you do not want to deal with the noise, you can opt to add some foam padding around the copper pipes. Furthermore, if you are not remodeling your house, but it already has copper pipes which are quite noisy, you can also turn down the temperature on your water heater, that way the pipes will not expand.
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