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ratm909

12:03PM | 01/19/06
Member Since: 01/18/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Hi,

If anyone could help me I would appreciate any info.

I recently purchased my first home!! I am excited but nervous about everything. I recently noticed that there are noisy pipes that run to a pipe that has the nozzle for the water hose. The key on that nozzle is turned off, but the pipes always sound as though the water was turned on (but there isn't any water coming out of anywhere). I've looked and checked everywhere but can't figure out how to make it stop. Why do these pipes sound this way and how do I fix this? I am terribly scared to see what my water bill will look like.

Jim D

11:02PM | 01/22/06
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
RATM909 - hi, I'm not a plumber but I've found and fixed broken pipes before. If you want some immediate peace of mind, I'd recommend you check your water meter for signs that water is constantly flowing. If all of your faucets are turned off, you should see no movement in your water meter. If you see movement and you know nobody's turned on any faucets, flushed any toilets, etc., then you may have a problem you'll want fixed soonest. The sound you're hearing may be a sign of a cracked/split pipe in a wall. Also, even though a hose spigot/bibb may be listed as "frost-free" it's always best to disconnect the hose from the spigot during the winter months when water lines can freeze, just to help prevent a pipe cracking/splitting.

If you wait until your first water bill comes in, the water supplier may not be willing to write off the cost of the "lost" water, especially if they only bill you bi-monthly or quarterly. They may be willing to come out and investigate the noise source, but if it's traced to inside the home they may not be willing to fix it. In my case, the water line outside the house was broken and they located & fixed it even though they hadn't been working on the pipes recently. (The break was located between the street and the water meter.) The water company didn't bill me for the several thousand gallons of "lost" water - and that was lost in only about 10 days!

As you trace your pipes, you should note where your main water shut-off valve and any other shut-off valves are at, to assist in future repairs. I hope this helps some - good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA

Sylvan

02:12PM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
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Sometimes in rare situations you have what is called cavitation by the water meter where the water enters the meter and leaves without registering any movement but the sounds persist.

I would first check the water meter dial for any movement IF none then shut valve by the meter and listen carefully as you may have a broken water main prior to the meter and this sound does travel.

Also excessive street / pump pressure can cause sounds through out the system as the velocity is to great fro the piping size.

Ideally one would want no more then 8 FPS on cold and no more then 3 FPS on hot water piping.

You could also have a defective solenoid valve by your washing machine, outside sprinkler or dishwasher
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