If you have ever had to deal with noisy pipes, you know just how irritating that constant knocking can be. But what can you do about it? This article from AllExperts.com explains how to deal with pesky pipes.
In most states, re-piping has to be guaranteed for a year if it was done by a licensed contractor. So if you have just had your pipes recently redone, you may be in luck. Contact the contractor who did the work and get them to come out to your house, inspect the situation and fix the problem.
If you are not one of the lucky few who have just had their piper redone recently, there are a few things you need to know before you take any further steps.
Where does pipe noise come from? Well, most pipe noise comes from loose or improperly trapped pipes (or some combination of the two). It is not uncommon for a re-piping job to be inadequately secured, so if you have a problem alert your contractor to come out and fix the problem. If possible, try to pinpoint the area of concern to make things easier for the contractor.
Where should I look? The first thing you need to do is to make sure all of the pipes are secure. If all of the pipes are secure, it may not be your pipes that are the problem. It is entirely possible that your contractor accidentally loosened some wood or other material in your walls when installing your new piping.
What can I do? You may consider purchasing a device designed to reduce pipe noise. One is a water-hammer arrestor. It is a bulb-like fitting that has a small rubber bag inside and it acts as a shock absorber when the water is turned on or off. Old school plumbers always installed air-chambers near the end of lines or by the water heater. The air-chamber is merely a short length of pipe extending straight up from a fixture branch that will trap air and the air is supposed to act as a cushion and help with pipe rattle.
If none of this works, what can I do? Well, if you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, it may be time to call a professional plumber.
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