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epc1976

06:31AM | 07/16/07
Member Since: 07/15/07
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My husband and I brought a 80 year old house last year. A couple weeks ago, we noticed a strong sewer smell near a drain pipe in the basement that services the kitchen sink, washer & dryer, and dishwasher. We saw that the cover plate was not sealed, so we sealed it, and we did not notice the smell anymore. Then a couple days ago, a loud sound came from the pipes when the toilet or tub on the 1st floor bathroom is used. These pipes are on the other side of the house from the previously mentioned pipe. It almost sounds like a drilling sound, and it goes away after a minute. It vibrates throughout the whole length of the pipe (the house is a 2 story house)! it does not happen all the time, just occassionally. Could this be air in the pipes & if so, how can we get rid of it, and does it have anything to do with the 1st pipe that we sealed or is that just a coincide? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Sylvan

11:13AM | 07/16/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Normally a drilling sound is from a loose washer or a solenoid valve like a washing machine or dishwasher.
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epc1976

02:14PM | 07/16/07
Member Since: 07/15/07
4 lifetime posts
After listening some more, we determined that it was coming from the toilet. Everyrtime you flush, the noise comes. Could a loose washer or solenoid valve cause that loud of a noise? It is actually more of a jackhammering sound that lasts for a minute or so, and it resonates through the pipes. Could it be water hammer? If it is a loose solenoid vavle, where would I find it on the toilet?

Sylvan

06:40AM | 07/17/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
A Quick closing valve like a toilet fill valve or a solenoid can cause this noise just like a loose washer.

Try closing the water supply slightly and see what happens

Billhart

07:11AM | 07/17/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
"Sounds" like a different issue. (All puns intended).

A quick closing valve will can cause water hammer. That is a single loud bang, but it can be followed by several rattles if the piping is not tightly secured.

That is not what you are describing. You say that it last a minute.

I think that Sylan's orginal response was closer. Something loose in the water flow.

It is very common for the the fill valves to cause this, but in more typically they are a higher pitch squeal.

It might also be a loose washer in the toilet stop vavle.

Start by replacing the fill valve.

epc1976

07:28AM | 07/18/07
Member Since: 07/15/07
4 lifetime posts
When my husband went to close the water supply valve, he found that it was already practically closed! We think one of the kids played with the valve, even though none of them will admit to it. Anyways, so he opened up the valve, and we don't hear the noise anymore. Hopefully that was it!

epc1976

07:34AM | 07/18/07
Member Since: 07/15/07
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice! Like I told Sylvan, hopefully opening up the water valve solved the problem! If not, we will check out the fill valve.
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