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mikey33442
Banging Pipes - How to Locate Them - Issue Is Not Water Hammer - Please help!

We just purchased a house in South Florida built in 1987. Whenever you turn on the water (both cold and hot) anywhere in the house (faucets - both kitchen and baths), showers, toilets, washer, ice maker etc. there are pipes banging in the master bedroom/bathroom area. We have copper plumbing - not underground.

We have done the water hammer trick and even had a plumber come out. Plumber and I think there is a loose pipe that needs to be strapped. already went up in the attic, already cut out pieces of drywall and I still can't find where it's coming from. At this point we already need to have a drywall person come out, so I can keep going opening up the drywall, but would rather not hunt and peck. How do I find this noise without opening up our whole bedroom???

Please help!! Any ideas welcome - I am at my wits end.

Dobbs
Re: Banging Pipes - How to Locate Them - Issue Is Not Water Hammer - Please help!

Have you checked the water pressure???

Did the plumber you had there check the pressure???

Do you have well water or a city tie-in??

In any event, they sell a psi gauge for $8 at Home Depot/Lowe's or a plumbing supply house that you screw onto the outside faucet, then turn on the faucet to check the pressure----average is 50 psi or lower, but anything over that can easily cause rattling pipes.

If its well water the pump and pressure regulator have to be checked out.

Hope this helps.

MSSP
Re: Banging Pipes - How to Locate Them - Issue Is Not Water Hammer - Please help!

Try your best to get close. put your ear to the wall. Dont cut sheetrock. Put a samll hole in wall and use a small amount of expand foam. Just be sure you donht put it in a return air bay.

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