How to Fix a Noisy Faucet

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We know that loud faucets can be very irritating, but the next time you turn on your faucet, pay close attention to the sound it makes. It may help if you know whether the whistling happens only with the hot water or the cold water, or if it happens when you use both. This can steer you to whether the problem is before or after the two different water temperatures are mixed.

Try the following steps to root out the problem:

Check on the Aerator: Unscrew the aerator at the end of the faucet. Check the aerator for mineral deposits and try running the faucet without the aerator. If the noise is gone, purchase and install a new aerator. If the noise continues without the aerator, you will have to take the faucet apart and inspect the parts.

Turn off the water at the shut-off valve: Once you have an idea of what the problem could be turn off the water supply. If there is only one faucet that you need to fix, you can look under your sink for the stop valves…one for hot water, and one for cold. Turn them clockwise until they are tightly closed. To make sure the water is totally off, try turning on the faucet. Let the water run until it stops completely.

Examine Your Faucet: After you have turned off your water supply, you can examine your faucet and pipes for damage.

Install New Washers: Rubber washers age and harden and can make a particular sound when water passes over them in a hurry. Remove the washer and inspect it for cracks or deterioration. Worn out or incorrectly sized washers are a common cause of faucet noises. To replace the old washer, turn off the water supply and take your faucet apart.

High Water Pressure: High water pressure can cause water pipes to clang and clatter. This can be caused by high water pressure being supplied to your home. The pressure should be less than 80-psi and can often be measured with an inexpensive gauge, which can screw onto a hose bib.

Finding the source of your whistling noise in your faucet is not always an easy task, call the experts RIGHT NOW at My Personal Plumber, we’d love to help or answer any questions you have!

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Sources:

Evans, Judith. How to Fix Noisy Faucets. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fix-noisy-faucets-25868.html

Popular Mechanics. 10 Quick Fixes for Problem Faucets. 18 December 2009. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a3968/4303977/

Carey, James; Carey, Morris. How to Quirt Noisy Water Pipes. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-quiet-noisy-water-pipes.html

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