Common Tap Problems You May Encounter
Tap problems are not costly but also quite annoying. Screaming, gurgling, whistling, and chattering – no this isn’t your child we’re talking about; it’s your tap! If you’re tired of this annoyance wreaking havoc on your eardrums, take an afternoon to assess your taps.
Unhappy pipes kick up quite the fuss, and it’s a good idea to listen to what they’re saying. Each sound your faucet produces can reveal the source of the issue, which makes solving it that much easier. But if you’re not fluent in faucet-speak, these noises can leave you scratching your head. Don’t worry if you don’t speak tap; we do, and we’ve broken down each noise and explained their cause.
A screaming tap sounds a lot worse than it is. Typically, a screaming tap is caused by a faulty stem. A stem is a moving mechanism within your faucet that controls how much or how little water can move through it. It will screech when it meets too much resistance against a faucet’s threads every time you turn your tap on or off. To silence your faucet, you’ll have to lubricate this squeaky stem with some plumber’s grease. Sometimes, however, a stem and its connecting parts are so old they require replacement to truly stop the noise.
Another type of noisy tap is what is called a hammering sound. Whenever your taps are producing this sound, it’s indicative of a vibration somewhere within the water-supply line. Vibrations can be caused by a worn washer, a check-valve, or even a foreign object that’s stuck within the water-supply and constricting the amounting of space the water has to flow.
To stop your faucet from vibrating, you’ll first have to isolate the problem. You can do this by turning the tap on slowly one temperature at a time to determine whether the vibration is in the hot or cold water supply line. Once you know which line is causing you grief, you can go from there. Before you attempt any washer replacement, check to see if the valve is open all of the way. Most of the time, our plumbers have found it’s a semi-closed valve constricting the water supply and creating a hammering sound.
Questions About Your Noisy Tap?
It can be relieving to finally know the exact reason behind your noisy tap. Once you know why your faucet is making so much noise, you can roll up your sleeves and attempt to fix it.
The most basic toolkits have the equipment you need (like a screwdriver and wrench) to make these repairs. If it’s not the state of your toolkit that you don’t have confidence in but your own DIY skills, don’t worry. Our licensed and insured plumbers have silenced plenty of loud faucets in their time, and they can add your taps to their list.
Simply call and we can send out an expert plumber to your home – whenever you need them! After a quick assessment, they’ll locate the issue causing your taps to scream (or vibrate) and make the appropriate repairs.