11:33AM | 09/12/05
Member Since: 09/11/05
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Late at night, our water pipes will start vibrating. It has nothing to do with running water as all water has been off for hours. I can go down in the basement and feel and hear the pipes vibrating. It never happens in the daytime.

I tried to run water when this happens, and the pipes still vibrate unchanged.

If I turn off the water main, the sound stops.

It comes and goes seemingly at random, gets louder and softer changes pitch.

I am hesitating to call a plumber because there is nothing to show during the day.


07:18PM | 09/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
I am fairly certain that water if flow when this happens.

It could be an ice maker cycling.

It could be the pressure tempature valve on the WH releasing water.

But the most likely source is that you have a toliet that leaking a little water through the flapper and the tank is refilling.

Next time this happens check all of the toilets.


07:20PM | 09/12/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Another thing is a water softener recycling.

Or an irrigation system running.

doug seibert

08:25PM | 09/12/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Check the main water pressure.........

Water pressure is known to rise at night as less demand is placed on the entire system.....excessive pressure could cause the noise..........Check out a PRV.....PressureReducingValve


01:26PM | 09/17/05
Member Since: 09/11/05
2 lifetime posts

After spending two hours (and $200) with a plumber who checked everything in the house, we eventually tracked the problem down to a pressure reducing valve in the _city_ water main out in the street. The city came and made some adjustments and the problem is now gone. Don't know why it was just my house that was getting the vibes. Once we figured out what it was, we could stand in the street and hear it.

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