vibrating water pipes

Vibrating Water Pipes

Vibrating water pipes . . . it sounds dumb, and it might be something you never came across. Yet, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of you coming across this problem. It is what it implies, the pipes start vibrating and making noises. Sometimes driving you nuts. But, if want to fix this problem, or learn how to fix the problem in the future, we have you covered.

Possible Problem Number 1

The first and most likely problem is that it is a loose pipe. This can be fixed by simply securing the pipe to the wood frame with pipe clips. To do this, access or go to an access panel or open area where the pipes are visible and exposed. This can a basement, and you do not have to cut through walls or ceilings. Observe and check if the pipes vibrate and move a lot when someone is using a faucet or flushes a toilet.

Possible Problem Number 2

One other source of your issue can be high water pressure. This causes pipes to vibrate and also lead to long-term damage to your pipes and appliances. Indoor water pressure should be between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch or psi. Therefore, adding a pressure-reducing valve to your incoming main line could correct that issue, if high pressure is your problem.

Possible Problem Number 3

Finally, a common occurrence known as a water hammer could be what you’re experiencing. A water hammer is caused by fast-closing valves, such as toilet fill valves and faucets. When the water flows through the pipe, and the valve closes, the water immediately stops, causing the hammer effect. 

Utilizing a water hammer arrestor can solve the issue, but the added work of cutting and soldering pipes requires expertise that a household owner doesn’t have. A way around this is to add an arrestor is the pipes are exposed, and not having to cut into a drywall. If you want to get rid of the problem altogether, adding slow closing valves is the way to do.

That is how you deal with vibrating water pipes, and hopefully, you learned a lot about it. If you have more questions, please contact us!