It’s always annoying when your household fixtures and appliances aren’t working quite right—especially when they’re making a lot of noise. Take the example of a kitchen or bathroom faucet. A faucet may be doing its job, dispensing water for your use, but causing a big racket while it does so. That can be irritating for everyone in the family—but how can a noisy faucet be fixed?
Fixing a Faucet When It’s Making a Ruckus
The good news is that most noisy faucet problems are fairly easy to fix, even without having to call in a professional plumber. Of course, if you do need a plumber’s insight, you’re always welcome to give us a call!
If you want to try to repair the noisy faucet all on your own, here are some potential avenues you might take:
- the first thing you should check is the aerator—the screen that screws into the tip of the faucet. Often, mineral deposits will build up here and cause strange sounds. It’s really easy to unscrew it, take out the old aerator, and run the water for a minute or two. If the noise is gone, that’s your answer. Get a new aerator from the hardware store, screw it in, and you’re good!
- You may also want to try installing new washers. To do this, you’ll need to turn off the water supply. Then take the faucet apart. Take the handles off and exchange the old washers for brand new ones. Hopefully this will fix the problem and get rid of the noise!
- Something else to think about: do you have a water pressure regulator installed? If not, that might be your problem right there; high water pressure—anything over 80 psi—can lead to noises in your plumbing fixtures.
If none of these strategies work, the news is a little more serious: you may have a problem with your actual plumbing system. Older pipes may be causing the noise and the only answer may be to replace them all. That’s something you’ll need a professional plumber to do.