When it comes to owning a home, there are certain things that shouldn’t be overly noisy – the dishwasher, the washing machine, the heating and cooling system, the garbage disposal, the garage door, and of course the faucets. With all of these, a loud banging sound is a cause for concern.
Are you having issues with your faucets? Are they banging and grumbling when you turn on the water? Do you hear loud sounds come from behind the wall every time you draw a bath? If so, are you afraid that something will suddenly explode behind the walls, gushing water all over the place? These are valid concerns indeed.
If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that minerals have built up in the pipes. Much like plaque in your arteries, the mineral buildup will restrict the flow of water in the pipes. On the other hand, if your home is newer, the builders may have used small pipes. In either scenario, if you hear a banging sound when you use your faucets, it’s wise to have an experienced plumber check it out.
If the pipes are too small, or if you have mineral buildup, the solution may be to switch out the pipes. However, it may not be the pipes at all. The banging may be caused by something simpler and easier to fix, such as a loose washer.
Loose Washers Can Cause Banging
In many situations, banging is actually caused by a loose washer that’s inside the faucet. If this is the case, then simply tightening or replacing the washer would stop the strange banging sounds. If the washer still makes noise after it’s been tightened or replaced, the culprit could be a clogged washer seat. When a washer seat is clogged, it can make worrisome humming or whistling sounds.
If you aren’t comfortable taking your sink apart, we recommend hiring a professional plumber. At Excalibur Plumbing, we can determine whether what you have is a pipe issue or a simple washer issue, and we can take care of the problem right away.