A noisy faucet can drive a family crazy. When you have to brace yourself for an annoying sound every time you wash your hands, it’s time to get to find a solution. Fortunately, noisy faucets can be relatively easy plumbing repairs that you may be able handle without calling in a plumber, though if you have a modern faucet it might be better to pick up the phone and call Avis. Many modern faucets, while often technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing, can contain a vast assortment of tiny parts — springs and washers and such.
There are a few different reasons why you could have noises coming from your plumbing. Try the following steps to narrow down the problem and bring yourself some peace and quiet:
- Check the aerator: The cause of your noisy faucet could be mineral deposits in the aerator — the little screen that screws into the end of the faucet. This is a very easy plumbing repair, so it’s the first thing you should check. Simply unscrew the aerator and run the faucet. If the noise is gone, purchase a new, clean aerator, screw it on the faucet, and you should be all set.
- Install New Washers: Worn out or incorrectly sized washers are a common cause of faucet noises. Bad washers prohibit proper water flow, so you can wind up with strange gurgling or hissing noises. To replace the old washer, turn off the water supply and take your faucet apart. When you have the handles off, swap out the old washers for new, intact models that are a perfect fit for the fixture. With luck, that may solve the problem. Remember, many faucets are complicated. If you are unsure how to proceed, you should give Avis a call to make sure you don’t wind up causing more damage.
- Add a pressure reducer to your plumbing system: High water pressure is another common cause of annoying sounds in your plumbing. If you think this might be the culprit, you can test your plumbing with a pressure gauge. Anything over 80 psi can potentially cause a problem, including adding additional wear and tear on your appliances. If this is the case, you should install a pressure regulator on your main water line to protect your pipes and appliances while also putting a stop to the racket. Avis can, of course, help you with this.
- Replace your plumbing system: A common cause of noisy faucets in older homes is pipes that are too small or have been obstructed by scale and debris so much that water has trouble getting through. In these cases, you might need to have your pipes replaced outright — especially if you notice that it’s more than one faucet causing the issue — which is a complicated plumbing repair that is probably beyond the skills of the average amateur plumber. In this scenario, you’d want to make sure you call Avis to help repipe your home, as they have the required certifications, tools, and experience to get the job done right.