High Pitched Whistle In the Shower

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by tomcobb, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. tomcobb

    tomcobb New Member

    Dec 22, 2004
    I have a very loud, high pitched whistle in my upstairs shower that seems to have gotten worse and worse lately. It's loud enough at close range to make me worry about ear damage, and it certainly wakes up others in the house -- both big problems.

    Other potential clues: The whistling sound is somewhat worse at partial pressure than at full pressure. I recently replaced the shower head, but I don't think that was the cause. My current theory is that is has something to do with the shower valve, but I don't really know what would be causing it and am not sure how to fix it.

    Any ideas?


  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Is this a shower in a tub? or a dedicated shower? If in a tub with a diverter in the tub filler spout, that is probably where the sound is coming from. Most spouts do not have replacement parts available for them - it is usually fairly easy to replace the whole thing, though.

    If it is a dedicated shower valve I've heard that a loose washer can cause this. If so, then it can (usually) be repaired.

    One of the pros may have some other ideas.
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  4. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

    Jul 20, 2009
    Design Work World Wide: Bathrooms Vancouver Area
    North Vancouver, BC
    Had a similar problem with my own shower. I tried changing out the tub filler and that did the trick for me.

    Bought a cheap ass replacement filler like this...

    Purchased it at Bartle & Gibson's here on the North Shore for less than $20.00
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