If you hear disturbing noises (squealing, humming, white noise, etc.) in your home's pipes during periods of high water pressure, there could be several factors contributing to the issue. In this article, we'll walk you through a few steps to help you diagnose and possibly fix the issue yourself. However, if these solutions don't work, we recommend reaching out to a professional plumber who can accurately diagnose and resolve the problem on site.
- Loose Pipes: Check if any of the pipes in your home are loose or not properly secured. Loose pipes tend to vibrate more, leading to noise. Make sure all connections are tight and secure.
- Inspect the backflow valves: Faulty or worn-out backflow valves can contribute to noise problems. Inspect the backflow valves on your home's spigot to ensure they are functioning properly. Look for any leaks, damage, or signs of wear and tear. Replace any faulty valves as necessary.
- Flush the system: Sediment or debris in the pipes can cause vibrations and humming sounds. Turn off the water supply to your spigot and open the main valve or drain valve to flush out any sediment or debris that may have accumulated. This can help improve the overall performance of the system and reduce noise.
- Insulate pipes: If the noise is coming from the pipes themselves, you can try insulating them to reduce the sound transmission. Use foam pipe insulation or rubber pads designed for noise reduction to wrap around the pipes and absorb vibrations.
- Install a water hammer arrestor: Water hammer, which occurs when the flow of water is suddenly stopped or redirected, can result in loud banging or knocking noises in the pipes. Consider installing a water hammer arrestor near the source of the noise to absorb the shockwaves and minimize the noise.
If the issue persists or you are unsure how to address it, it may be best to consult a plumber. They can diagnose the problem accurately and provide appropriate solutions on site.