Imagine yourself seated in your relaxing room, about to start studying, when all of a sudden there was the piercing sound of the water running through pipes and out of the faucets. That can pretty be irksome, especially at night time when the slightest sounds appear to be loud. You definitely cannot just leave the problem unattended. So what can you do about noisy faucets?
1. Locate the Problem Area
This can be easy if you are attentive enough as to the source of the sound. You must be able to determine which faucet causes a screeching sound. If you have two faucets proximate to each other such as in sinks or in hot and cold showers, the task can be tricky. Trial and error methods will work out fine, so long as there isn't much water wasted in the process.
Locating the problem area is critical because sometimes water pressure can be increased through adjustments in the knobs, and not necessarily changing the pipes.
2. Understand Why the Faucets are Noisy
The next logical step of course is to understand why noise is produced when under normal conditions, the water drips smoothly and silently. Two things, the cause may either be at the passage (pipes) or at the portal (faucets). Again, active listening is key to identifying the source of noise. If after turning off the faucets the squealing sound still lingers, it may be a pressure problem down the pipes. If the sound seems to come from behind the walls, it may again be a problem with water pressure.
3. Determine If You Have the Skills to Fix the Faucet
If you have skills and experience, then you may very well fix the noisy faucet on your own. What you can do is to replace the washer or the valve stem. The valve stem that passes through washers (seals) and packing nuts is basically designed to regulate the flow of water. Over time, these accessories become worn, especially the washer. When this happens, the water may outrageously flow out into the open, causing noise as they pass through rickety and dysfunctional valves.
It is highly suggested that you seek expert help if you haven't had experience in replacing valve stems, washers, and other plumbing-related accessories. A company such as Guildford Plumbing Services would be ideal. It's rather risky if you insist doing things on your own, especially when the problem is rooted in the pipes.
Screeching pipes are due to either high or low water pressure problems. Commonly, these problems occur when your pressure valves are dysfunctional or when there is air, sediments, or sharp twists in the pipes. Your options include replacing the pressure valves and clearing the pipes from particles and deformities.
Turn off the pressure valve for some time and simultaneously turn on the faucet to let the air escape. Run down the water after the aerator has been removed to clear the sediments. If there's any twist or deformity in the pipes, the noise may be created just before water passes through the bend. Correct the pipe deformity right away with an expert. The noise can be a perennial source of distress to your family. So you must act as quickly as possible.
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