Does your faucet make a wheezing, whistling or screeching sound whenever you turn on the water? This can be a real nuisance when you're using the water while others are sleeping. Even in the middle of the day, the noises can send shivers up your spine! Don't ignore that noisy faucet any longer. Chances are, one of these quick fixes will put an end to the noise – and if they don't, your plumber should be able to fix it pretty easily.
Replace or clean the aerator.
The aerator is the little piece at the tip of the faucet that separates the water into streams, adding air to create a wider flow. If it becomes clogged with mineral deposits, the water might have a hard time getting through it and may make a hissing or squealing noise as a result.
The aerator is easy to remove – just unscrew it from the end of the faucet. If you see mineral deposits inside it, you can either soak it in limescale remover for a few days, or just take it with you to the hardware store and buy a replacement that's the same size. They only cost a few dollars.
Replace the rubber washers.
Another possible cause of the noise is worn out washers. They might not provide enough "padding," allowing the parts of the faucet to rub together as the water flows through. Turn off the water supply to the faucet, and then unscrew the parts of the faucet from the sink. Remove the rubber washers that are found between each of the parts, and take them with you to the hardware store to ensure you buy more that are the same size. Put the new washers into place, and then reassemble the faucet. Turn the water back on, and the flow should hopefully be quieter.
Call the plumber.
If neither of the strategies above are successful in quieting down your faucet, then unfortunately it is time to call the plumber—like those at Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Service and other locations. Another possible cause of a loud faucet is that the pipes leading to your sink are too small or have become clogged with scale, so there's not enough space for water to get through. Your plumber can replace these pipes and have your sink running quietly again in no time.
It's also possible that your water pressure is turned up too high. Your plumber can measure your water pressure, and if needed, install a pressure regulator to bring it back down to the recommended 55 – 56 PSI.Share
28 January 2016
I absolutely love the beauty, charm, and character of an older home. When my husband retires from his job, I would like to purchase an older house in the mountains and transform it into a quaint inn. While older homes are beautiful, they do sometimes contain hidden issues. One of these problems is faulty plumbing. Rusty pipes and poor water pressure are common in an older abode. If you just purchased a charming older place, consider immediately replacing the plumbing system in the home. In doing so, you might be able to save yourself from major issues in the future. On this blog, you will discover the many benefits of replacing an older plumbing system.