noisy pipes

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by ramsey76, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. ramsey76

    ramsey76 New Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    I have a new problem with noisy pipes. I am sure it is not water hammer.

    When the water is on in the house it sound like I have a chain saw in the house. The first time I heard this sound in the early morning I was wondering why my neighbor was cutting down tress at 6 AM.

    The sound is pretty loud in a quite house. It seem to happen with cold and warm water. It seem worse with slow volume of water, a faucet left on .

    The sound will occur from a shower, a sink, toilet, or dishwadher or washing machine.

    The water meter was installed a year ago and is located outside the house. This is a new problem.

    I would appreciate any help.

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    First thing to check is to see if the house pressure is normal, both static, and dynamic ( faucet turned on ). Even if the pressure is normal, worn or loose parts inside a regulator can groan, as can worn or loose parts inside your main shutoff valve.
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  4. norcal1

    norcal1 Plumber/Owner

    Jan 24, 2005
    Hard to diagnose this kind of thing on a forum...could be some debris that is hanging up in your pipes and when the water is in use the debris causes this sound.

    Sometimes when the city works on the main water line it will cause debris(rust/scale/etc) to get dislodged and find its way into a customer's water supply line.

    Debris could have even been dislodged when the meter was replaced and it just now wedged itself into a location that is causing the noise.

    Good luck
  5. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    I'm with jimbo, my first guess would be the pressure regulator if you have one.
  6. mollymac

    mollymac New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Check out this posting regarding noisy/moaning/groaning pipes.

    I too have a LOUD noise that occurs occasionally (usually in the middle of the night). It shakes all of the pipes in my house and can wake the dead. I live near an Air Force Base and thought it was quite rude of the military to fly B-52's over my house in the middle of the night. Turns out it was the plumbing making all that noise! I am going to take the advice of LesMan in this post and try replacing the flapper and fill valve. Hopefully that will put an end to this sleep prohibitive problem. Good Luck!
  7. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    Could it be a Blackbird :)

    My all time favorite. I would love to do 1 call for Terry in 1 of these babys.

    Jamie's grandfather worked on the wiring of the Blackbird.

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