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Hungryman

11:27PM | 07/31/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
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Bvplumbing
I live in a 3 year old home, and just about 3 weeks ago the water pipes have started whining like a banshee! I have tried opening up all the faucets to try to purge any air out of them, but it has not rectified the situation at all ... the noise is pretty much non-stop all day and all night. I have not had a decent night's sleep for a couple weeks now, unless you count about every 4th day when my body is just so exhausted that I am able to get adequate sleep. my wife sleeps like a rock, but this noise is so prominent, and changes pitches often too, which further draws my attention to it. I am at wit's end with this problem, and would appreciate ANY suggestions ...

[This message has been edited by Hungryman (edited August 01, 2001).]

Matches

01:04PM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Do you have well water or city?If water is not running in the house when you hear the noise,then you may be picking up noise from a problem in the city line, or if you have well water something from the pump.Try shutting off your main shut-off and see what happens.

Hungryman

01:46PM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
4 lifetime posts
Hmmm .... I am on city water
If it is a problem with the city lines ... what can be done about it ?? it is VERY annoying

Jay J

12:21PM | 08/02/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Hungryman,

I waited a while on this but I think the screaming is due to the washer or seat in the refill valve going/gone bad.

You may be able to just replace those 2 parts but I think it's best to replace the ENTIRE refill valve/mechanism. I have 2 toilets to do this Sunday and that's what I'm going to do. Whenever I work with ANYTHING that has to do w/water, I've learned the hard way that old parts don't work w/new ones. It's best to just replace the entire mechanism. While you're at it, buy yourself a new, flexible Supply Line. If you have to bend the line to install it, buy the LONGER line. That way, you get an S-configuration that won't kink the line like the shorter Supply Line would do. Don't forget to shut off the water!

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

Matches

12:56PM | 08/02/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Make sure it's not your problem before you call public works.Either check your water meter when you feel no water should be running,or shut-off the water to see if the noise stops.The problem is most likely in your house or others near you would be complaining as well. Good Luck.

Hungryman

09:36PM | 08/02/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
4 lifetime posts
I think I found the cause of my problems ...
When I had a large split-level sundeck put on ... I forgot that the deck closed in an outdoor tap, which is now in the storage crawlspace ... you know kinda outta site- outta mind ?!?

Anyways ... that tap was leaking at a rate of about 1 drop every 20 seconds, give or take.

I tightened it with a pair of channel locks for now ... I will probably have to replace the washer.

The funny thing about that is that the tap in question is on the back of a 3400 sqare foot home ... and the loudest screaming pipes are usually heard in the front ...

Oh well ... now that my pipes are not screaming like a banshee, the crickets are keeping me awake !!! LMAO

[This message has been edited by Hungryman (edited August 03, 2001).]

Jay J

05:12AM | 08/03/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
I'm at a loss. For a sill cock that dripping at 3 drops per minute to cause your pipes to scream like a banshee just doesn't make sense. I must be missing something.

Jay J -Moderator

Hungryman

10:14AM | 08/03/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
4 lifetime posts
I dunno either

but that's all I did was tighten that spicket, and the noise seems to be gone ...

Trust me JJ .. I am not complaining =)

Jay J

05:36PM | 08/04/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Well, Hungryman, if the banchee comes back, you know where to find us. As for me, I haven't any drips so tomorrow, I'm replacing 2 refill valves. Cross your fingers for me. I HATE plumbing. (I know - If it doesn't go right, I'll be calling a Plumber anyway, and I'm no worst off than I expected. If this works out, I'll be AHEAD of the game. That's my approach.)

Jay J -MOderator

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