Noisy pipes are very common in UK households we sometimes get calls from worried customers who think there’s a problem with their pipes, and sometimes there is. Most of the time noisy pipes are just annoying and don’t indicate a plumbing issue. Here are the causes of loud pipes and how to fix them.
All pipes need fixing in place with pipe clips. Sometimes pipes haven’t been appropriately fitted or have come loose over time. Loose unsecured pipes will move about and create noise as water runs through. If your pipes are rattling, they’re probably insecure. Locating a noisy pipe in this instance shouldn’t be too difficult. Getting to a loud pipe will likely require going into a wall or lifting floorboards. Pipe clips are inexpensive and easy to fit so you can fix this yourself or get a Plumber to do it. While the pipes are secured check for leaks also a common occurrence in old insecure pipes.
Everyone loves ‘good’ water pressure but sometimes it’s possible that household water pressure is too high. High water pressure can cause noise in pipes, and can even damage appliances if your pipes are humming your pressures probably too high. Firstly check water pressure with a pressure gauge to establish if it’s a problem. High water pressure’s remedied with a water pressure regulator, something we can fit for you.
Water hammers occur when a tap is shut off suddenly making the water change direction quickly causing a startling banging noise. Lack of air in the system is the prime culprit of water hammers. Pipes need air to cushion the blow from water pressure in the pipes. Air chambers are built into plumbing systems for this purpose. If banging becomes unbearable, your system should be drained and reset eliminating the noises and ensuring your waters running efficently.
Obstructed pipes will only allow water to drain slowly causing gurgling or sucking noises in the process. In this instance, your drain might be blocked by a foreign object that’s accidentally found its way into the pipe or blocked by a build-up of debris such as hair and food. Clearing your drain pipes will solve these unpleasant noises and restore drainage to full capacity.
Washers in valves and joints eventually wear out. Worn washers will emit a squeaking or whistling sound. These noises are a warning that your washers need replacing before they start leaking.