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Water pipes vibrating


Hi guys- My house was built in 1950 so its bound to have issues I know-but this one has just raised its ugly head. It seems only to be the Faucet on the kitchen sink that "Groans" when you use it-vibrating in the pipe mounts. What can cause this ? What do I look for? Thanks-AL

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It probably doesn't have a buffer on it......That may not be the right name, but it is an extra piece of pipe in the wall that continues past the branch where the faucet runs off of...it is capped at the end and acts like a shock absorber to prevent pipes from rattling etc.....

Maybe, someone can explain it better.

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illinilefttackle wrote:

Hi guys- My house was built in 1950 so its bound to have issues I know-but this one has just raised its ugly head. It seems only to be the Faucet on the kitchen sink that "Groans" when you use it-vibrating in the pipe mounts. What can cause this ? What do I look for? Thanks-AL



What you are hearing is called water hammer,, the stubbed pipe Poncho mentioned is normally filled with air to cushion the water pressure, eventually these stub get filled with water and causes the hammering sound, [ or the stubs are not there]

First, turn off the main valve to the house. Then open every faucet in
all sinks and tubs (including showers), and outside spigots. Let all the
water drain out. Now, with all the faucets open, open the main valve.
Walk around the house inspecting each faucet to ensure that no air is
escaping (or has stopped escaping). With all the faucets open the flow
will be lower than expected. When you see or hear that no air is
escaping, turn off the faucets one at at time starting at the lowest point
in the house and work your way to the upper levels.

 turning the water off and draining allows the pipe stubs to refill with air, and hopefully cures your problem,,

 sometimes a pipe will vibrate when  faucet is turned on to just a certain spot, and stops at some point either opened up more , or shut down a little,, that is probably caused by a loose pipe,, [not anchored good ]


 



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Just a thought but if it is an older type faucet, take the stems apart and make sure that the washer is tightened securely in each stem. Loose washers will sometimes cause what you are talking about.

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CHS wrote:


Just a thought but if it is an older type faucet, take the stems apart and make sure that the washer is tightened securely in each stem. Loose washers will sometimes cause what you are talking about.


Seems like I've seen my Dad do that on some of the Old rent houses that I grew up in.  Back then our biggest "water" problem was the mold and mildew in some of those dumps.  You even had to wipe out the inside of your shoes before putting them on each morning. biggrin

Sorry, no hi-jack intended here sprint.gif


 



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