The plumbing fixtures installed in your home shouldn't serve as a source of noise pollution. When you turn your faucets on, you should only hear the sound of running water. A faucet that whines, squeaks, or squeals when it is in use can be not only annoying, but a serious source of frustration.
Noisy faucets should never be overlooked. The noises produced by a malfunctioning faucet are an indication that your plumbing is in need of some repair. There are some simple things that you can do to try and fix a faulty faucet in order to restore peace and quiet to your home.
1. Clean the Aerator
The water coming from your home's faucets is pressurized. This pressurization occurs when water is mixed with air prior to delivery. A specialized mesh screen known as an aerator is responsible for helping maintain proper water pressure.
If you place your finger on the spout of your faucet, you can feel the mesh aerator. When the aerator becomes dirty or caked with minerals, water cannot effectively pass through the screen. Added strain results in serious noise coming from your faucets.
Most aerators become clogged because of a hard water supply coming through the fixture. Mineral deposits in hard water can accumulate on the surface of the aerator and harden, restricting the flow of water.
Remove the aerator and soak it in an acidic solution of water and distilled white vinegar or lemon juice. If the mineral deposits cannot be cleaned, replace the aerator with a new one, and your faucet should deliver water quietly once again.
2. Replace the Washers
Your faucets are equipped with washers that help contribute to proper function. Washers are round rubber discs that act as a cushion between two metal components. Over time, washers can deteriorate or harden due to hard water exposure or physical damage.
As a washer loses its cushioning abilities, you might notice that your faucet begins to produce a rattling sound. Disassembling the faucet and replacing the old washers with new ones will help you restore adequate cushioning between the metal components within your faucet.
This cushioning prevents metal from rubbing against metal and allows your faucet to function quietly.
3. Check the Water Pressure
When your faucet becomes noisy while it is in use, high water pressure could be to blame. Your home's plumbing system is not equipped to withstand long-term exposure to extremely pressurized water.
As this high-pressure water travels through your pipes, the pipes could begin to vibrate and rattle against one another. You will hear the rattling or banging sound coming from the cabinet beneath your faucet when you turn the water on.
Use a pressure gauge to measure the pressure of the water coming from a faucet near your water meter. If the reading on the pressure gauge measures higher than 80 PSI, contact an experienced plumber to install a pressure relief valve that will reduce your home's water pressure. Bringing the water pressure down to an acceptable level should eliminate the rattling sounds being made by the pipes under your faucets.
Unexpected sounds coming from the faucets in your home can usually be explained by a clogged aerator, deteriorating or damaged washers, or water pressure that exceeds recommended levels. Addressing these problems should restore the proper function of your faucets.
If you need help pinpointing the cause of your noisy faucets, contact Hansen Plumbing Inc. We can conduct a thorough inspection of your home's plumbing system to identify the source of the mysterious sounds coming from your faucets and make any repairs needed to protect your plumbing against potential damage in the future.