How to Fix Noisy Water Pipes

Written by patricia hill
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Noisy water pipes can be frustrating to tolerate. Although no real problem exists, people subject to the constant rattling and jerking motion that noisy water pipes often make will be prompted to call a plumber to have them fixed. However, if one is familiar with the very basics of plumbing, there are several things that can be tried before paying to have a plumber come out and put those pipes to sleep.

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Things you need

  • Foam rubber
  • Metal brackets, screws
  • Foam pipe sleeves

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    How to Fix Noisy Hot Water Pipes

  1. 1

    Turn on the hot water and let it run. If the noise is present, this is a clue to look to see if a copper pipe is bouncing against a joist, beam or stud.

  2. 2

    Leave the water on and trace the water pipe to the noise. If the pipes are actually bouncing against a joist, beam or stud, use foam rubber to correct.

  3. 3

    Wedge a small piece of foam rubber between the pipe and the joist, beam or stud.

    Noisy Pipes When Turned On and Off

  1. 1

    Check to see that water pipes are secured to the framing. If not, secure water pipes to the framing with brackets and screws.

  2. 2

    Reduce water pressure at the tank. If one is not familiar with adjusting the pressure gauge on the water tank, obtain the assistance of someone who is, or consult a plumber.

  3. 3

    Apply foam pipe sleeves to all pipes.

Tips and warnings

  • If pipes are in an area easy to access, kids can help in placing the foam sleeves around the pipes.
  • If the problem is air in the pipes, some plumbers recommend using an air vent. One method to try is to open all faucets to release the air and flush toilets a couple of times, but chances are the same problem will occur over time.

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