What should you do if your plumbing develops a whistle?
If the plumbing in your home has ever developed a whistle then you know how annoying it can be. What you should be aware of is that a whistling sound is not just really irritating; it can be a signal that there is a problem. A whistle normally indicates that there is a problem with one of the valves in the plumbing system or that there is a blockage in one of the pipes.
If you do not want to have a go at solving the problem yourself then the easiest thing to do is call a professional like Plumbing Detectives. They will be able to detect the issue for you and stop the whistle from happening. If you want to try and resolve the situation yourself then we have a few tips about what actions you may want to take.
How to solve the problem of whistling pipes – checking the taps
The first thing you need to do is find out exactly where the whistling noise is coming from. The best way to do this is to turn on each tap in turn and see if you can hear the whistle. If you can hear the whistle when you switch on a particular tap then the next step is to figure out exactly where the whistle is originating from; is it coming from the tap valve or from the valve below? Once you know which valve is causing the whistle you should remove all parts at the valve and clean them, making sure that all dirt is removed. If any parts are corroded then you will need to replace them. This should solve the problem of whistling.
How to solve the problem of whistling pipes – checking the main water valve
If the whistle is not located at the taps then you should check the pressure reducing valve which is the main water valve. Sometimes whistling can occur when the water pressure is too high. This is why your first step should be to turn down the pressure and see if the problem is resolved. If this does not work then you should try taking the opposite action and turn the pressure up slightly. This should help flush out any debris from the pipes. You should also remove the valve parts and make sure they are clean and in good working order. Any parts that are corroded will need to be replaced.
As you can see it can be quite straightforward to solve a problem with whistling in your plumbing system, once you have located where the problem is. If you do not feel comfortable doing this then you should always call a professional plumber for help and never just ignore the problem and hope it will go away. Obviously, if you try to solve the problem and the whistle is still there, you should call a plumbing professional for assistance with the issue.
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