The creaky sounds that come from water pipes are annoying. No matter how loud or how often the noise can be heard, it is a sound we want to eliminate and following these three easy steps can help you accomplish just that.
- Adjust the water pressure and see if this will make a difference. Many homes have a regulator which is located right where the main water supply enters the home. Using a screwdriver, you can adjust the water pressure so that it is between the correct ranges. If your home is older and does not have a regulator, it would be a good idea to have one installed because it will prevent high water pressure which can damage water supplied appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine. High water pressure is also extremely wasteful and expensive so a regulator is great to have for several reasons.
- Check all of the pipes that are visible and make sure that they are all tightly connected. Loose mounting straps can cause a buildup of pressure and securing them will help eliminate the awful noise. None of the straps should be loose so take the time to check each one and if you see one that is not secured, you must tighten it. A loose pipe can cause it to bang against the wall creating an unpleasant sound that you will hear repeatedly. Take a wooden block, secure it in place behind the pipe and fasten the pipe to the wooden block with a pipe strap. This should do the trick and eliminate the banging noises coming from the water pipes.
- Refill the air in your plumbing air chambers. Air chambers serve as cushions and absorb the shock of rapid moving water so that it doesn’t have the chance to bang into the pipe. When that chamber is filled with water, something that will inevitably happen over time, it will create an awful noise while also damaging your plumbing system. For these reasons, it is very important to refill the air chambers which you can do by completely shutting off the main water supply valve. You must then turn on the highest and lowest faucets in your home, once the water is drained completely from all of the pipes, turn off the lowest faucet. Proceed by reopening the main water valve and allow the water to flow, then turn off the highest faucet.
If you try all three of these steps and you see that there is still noise coming from your water pipes, it’s time to call a professional. POM Plumbing will assess the problem and fix it so that you no longer have to hear the awful noises. They are the best plumbers in Mississauga and Etobicoke and specialize in waterproofing basements and drain repair. Call them today and eliminate this unnecessary headache from your life!