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Why is My Kitchen Tap Making Noise?

Why is My Kitchen Tap Making Noise?

Taps, like any trusty kitchen companion, should be heard but not overheard.

If your kitchen tap is staging a one-piece orchestra every time you turn it on, you may find yourself asking, 'Why is my kitchen tap making a noise?'

In this post, we'll delve into the common reasons behind this symphony of sounds, and most importantly, we'll explain how to bring about a much-needed intermission.

Get ready to learn the why's and how's of quieting your clamorous kitchen tap. So, let's quieten down that tap, shall we?

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Why Is My Kitchen Tap Making a Noise?

When your kitchen tap decides to hit the high notes every time you turn it on, you might be left scratching your head.

What's causing this unexpected performance? Here are a few possible culprits:

  1. High Water Pressure: One of the main causes of a noisy kitchen tap is high water pressure. When the pressure of the water in your pipes is too high, it can lead to a loud noise when you turn the tap on. You might hear a constant, loud whistling or humming sound.
  2. Loose Parts: Just like a car, a tap has several moving parts that can become loose over time. If you've noticed a rattling sound when you turn on the tap, a washer or valve might need to be tightened or replaced.
  3. Faulty Washer: If you hear a squealing or screeching sound, this could indicate a problem with the tap's washer. The washer may have become worn out, hardened, or misshapen over time and may need replacing.
  4. Pipe Problems: The issue might not actually be with the tap itself. Instead, the pipes connecting to your tap could be the source of the noise. A hammering sound, known as 'water hammer', occurs when water hits a bend or a valve in the pipe too quickly. This can happen if the pipes are not secured well enough.
  5. Aerators and Flow Reducers: Aerators and flow reducers can become blocked over time due to mineral build-up from the water. This build-up can disrupt the flow of water and create a whistling or hissing sound.
  6. Damaged Valve: If the valve in your tap is damaged or faulty, it can create a variety of sounds, such as screeching, squeaking, or chattering. It's usually best to replace a faulty valve.

While some of these issues can be fixed with a bit of DIY, others may require the expertise of a professional plumber.

Always remember to turn off the water supply before doing any repair work to prevent flooding.

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How to Stop a Kitchen Tap That is Making a Noise?

Alright, now that we've identified the potential issues causing your tap to audition for the X-Factor, let's look at how you might go about resolving them.

Please remember that while some of these fixes are quite straightforward, others might require the assistance of a qualified plumber.

Never risk your safety or further damage to your property by trying to tackle a job that's beyond your DIY capabilities.

  1. High Water Pressure: If the water pressure in your home is too high, you'll need to reduce it. This can usually be done by adjusting your home's pressure reducing valve. If you're not sure how to do this, or if you can't find the valve, a plumber will be able to help.
  2. Loose Parts: You can often solve this issue by tightening up any loose components of your tap. It could be the handle or a valve that's causing the problem. Just be careful not to over-tighten, as this can cause damage.
  3. Faulty Washer: To fix a squealing tap, you'll likely need to replace the washer. First, turn off the water supply. Then, take apart the tap handle and spout to access the washer. Swap out the old, worn washer for a new one, then reassemble the tap.
  4. Pipe Problems: Water hammer is usually rectified by securing loose pipes or by installing water hammer arrestors, devices that absorb the shock of water suddenly stopping or changing direction. This is generally a job for a plumber.
  5. Aerators and Flow Reducers: These can be unscrewed from the end of the tap and soaked in a descaling solution to remove any mineral build-up. Afterwards, you can rinse them off and screw them back onto the tap.
  6. Damaged Valve: If you've got a damaged valve, it's likely you'll need to replace it. The process can vary depending on the type of tap, so it's often best to consult with a plumber.

Remember, if you're not completely comfortable performing these fixes yourself, or if the problem persists after your attempted fix, it's best to call in a professional.

After all, you don't want a simple tap issue to become a plumbing fiasco!

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Why Does My Kitchen Tap Whistle?

Hearing a whistle every time you turn on your kitchen tap can make you feel like you're in the midst of a refereed match, rather than preparing dinner.

The cause of this peculiar sound is often related to changes or restrictions in water flow.

Here are the likely culprits and how to silence that piercing whistle:

  1. Faulty Washer or Valve Seat: An ill-fitting, damaged, or worn-out washer can result in a whistling tap. The same applies to a faulty valve seat, which is where the washer fits into. To resolve this, you'll need to replace the washer and/or valve seat. After turning off the water supply, disassemble the tap, identify the problematic washer or valve seat, and replace it with a new one. Once done, reassemble the tap and the whistling should stop.
  2. High Water Pressure: Water pressure that's too high can also create a whistling sound. This would usually affect all the taps in your house, not just your kitchen tap. You can try to adjust your pressure reducing valve to lessen the water pressure, or seek assistance from a professional plumber.
  3. Debris in the Line: Sometimes, debris in your water line might be causing the whistle. This can often be resolved by flushing the system – simply let the water run at full force for a few minutes. If this doesn't solve the problem, it could indicate that the debris is lodged in the tap itself, in which case you may need to disassemble the tap to remove it.
  4. Blocked Aerator: If the whistling sound only occurs when the tap is partially turned on, the aerator (the screw-on screen fitting on the end of the tap) may be to blame. It may have become clogged with sediment, causing an irregular water flow that results in a whistling sound. In this case, remove the aerator, clean it thoroughly, and then replace it.

Remember, if the whistle persists despite your best DIY efforts, don't hesitate to call in a professional plumber.

It's always better to get the issue resolved properly than to risk exacerbating the problem.

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Some Notes From an Expert Kitchen Fitter

In my years of experience working in the kitchen trade, I have found all sorts of reasons for noisy kitchen taps.

While some can be fixed by a competent DIY person most faults need a plumber to get to the bottom of the problem safely and effectively.

So, if you are not really confident in what you are doing, I suggest you speak to a qualified and well-reviewed local plumber.

Final Notes On Your Kitchen Tap Making A Noise

Kitchen tap noises, including whistling, are often caused by common plumbing issues.

The culprit may be a faulty washer or valve seat, high water pressure, debris in the water line, or a blocked aerator.

Each of these problems has a corresponding solution.

To silence the whistling, you can replace the washer or valve seat, adjust the water pressure, flush the water system or clean the aerator.

While you can often resolve these issues yourself, remember not to hesitate in seeking professional help if the problem persists.

A qualified plumber will be able to properly diagnose and correct the issue, ensuring that your kitchen tap operates quietly and efficiently.

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 Phil Tuddenham

Author - Phil Tuddenham

Philip Tuddenham is the force behind JMT Trade Ltd. Philip stepped into the family business in 1998, and has taken JMT to new heights.

He has decades of expertise and experience in designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens, bathrooms, domestic and commercial furniture.

In 2007, Philip broadened JMT's horizons. Introducing new ranges and diversifying into new territories such as media walls and school furniture.

While embracing this innovation, JMT remained true to its origins, continuing to provide excellent bedrooms and bathrooms.

Under Philip's leadership, the company continues to uphold its long-standing tradition of exceptional customer service and high-quality products.