Have you ever had a noisy faucet? It's probably one of the most annoying things that can happen to a faucet! I'm talking about certain noises that happen whenever you turn your faucets on or off. Maybe the faucets squeal or whistle, or maybe they make a weird chattering or stuttering sound.
In this article, you'll learn why faucets make those annoying sounds, and how to fix them.
Why Is My Faucet So Noisy?
There are a few reasons you may have an annoying noisy faucet.
1. Water Pipes May Cause a Noisy Faucet
Do you have a new house that was built not too long ago? In this case, your pipes may be too small and the water is not flowing through properly. On the other hand, if you actually live in an older house, the water pipes may have become restricted because of scale forming on the inside of the pipes. This is something that can happen normally over time and does not mean the house was built poorly.
2. Washer Problems Can Also Cause a Noisy Faucet
In most cases, you will find that your noisy faucet is due to a problem with the washer. It could be the wrong size, or perhaps the washer isn't properly secured to the stem.
How Can I Fix My Noisy Faucet?
If your problem is with the water pipes, then it's the water pipes that must be completely replaced. This is a major fix, so hopefully this is not the case with your noisy tap!
If your problem is the washer, you're in luck - this is much easier to fix, and you can easily do it yourself without having to call in a plumber. Try doing this first to see if it fixes the noise; if it doesn't work, then you may need to call in a plumber and look at having the pipes replaced.
Here are the instructions for fixing your noisy tap if it's the washer that's the problem:
- Turn off your water supply (you should always do this, anytime you're working on repairing a faucet).
- Remove the faucet and check the washer. Does it need to be replaced or tightened? If so, go ahead and do this. Hopefully, the noise has now disappeared. If the noise is still there, then go onto step 3.
- Take a look at the washer seat. Sometimes the seat of the washer gets clogged up with residue over time. If this happens, it can restrict the flow of water. That often causes the sounds you might hear coming out of your faucet. Again, it's pretty easy to fix: just clean the seat well.
How about if you only hear a noise whenever you turn your faucet handle? Typically, this is a sure sign that the stem's threads are binding against the faucet's threads. To fix this:
- Take off the stem.
- Lubricate the stem threads and faucet threads with petroleum jelly. If this doesn't fix the noise, it may be that the stem threads are so worn down that petroleum jelly isn't going to help. In that case, go onto step 3:
- Install a new stem. If this still doesn't help, then unfortunately it's your faucet body threads that are too worn down. The solution here will be to purchase and install a new faucet. This is a bit of a bigger job but it's still not as bad as having to replace your water pipes. And you can still do it yourself.