KPR’s Guide to Fixing Your Rattling Pipes

Have you noticed that your pipes often rattle when the water is running? If so, you have come to the right place. At Bathrooms by KPR we want to ensure that rattling pipes are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Not only are rattling pipes aggravating, they could signify a larger problem with your plumbing.

 

First and foremost, try to identify where exactly the noise is coming from in your pipes. If creaking or rattling occurs when certain taps are running, ask a friend to turn them on and off whilst you follow the sound. Test both the hot and cold water taps as this may help you narrow down the cause of the problem.

 

If the sound leads you to exposed pipes, it could simply be that your pipes are not secured and are rattling around in their fixtures. Watch to see if there is a lot of movement when the water is running. If this is the case, you can secure the pipe by adding a small piece of foam or rubber pipe insulation and re-strapping it.

 

If your pipes are not exposed, it is harder to identity the problem. Try to determine the exact sound that you can hear. If it is a distinctive, loud, repetitive banging, it can often mean that a faucet or valve is shut off, causing water hammer. Water hammer can loosen or break fittings if left untreated as the water pressure continues to hammer against your pipes. Emptying your water system can sometimes solve this but, if you are still experiencing problems, seek professional advice.

 

High water pressure can cause your pipes to vibrate, creating a rattling sound. Long-term this can cause significant damage to your pipes and appliances. There are multiple ways to test your water pressure. If you do not have a water pressure test gauge, get in touch for advice on how best to go about this.

 

There are many reasons why your pipes may be making a rattling sound. If you can identify the type of noise, where it is coming from and when you can hear it, your local plumber should be able to diagnose the problem quickly. Contact us for help and advice on how to tackle rattling issues to prevent future plumbing problems.