Although your home's plumbing system is usually an out-of-sight and out-of-mind feature of the house, when you can hear it all the time, it changes things. The pipes that direct water throughout your house can start shifting and moving when the water pressure
Adjust the Setting on the Pressure Regulator
If there's some pressure built up in the pipes, you might need to adjust the setting
Follow your pipes to the point outside the house where the water line comes into the home. On the pipe, right before it comes into the house, should be a pressure regulator. To lower the water pressure in your house, turn the adjustment screw counterclockwise to loosen it. This reduces the water pressure, which should ease the banging response in your water pipes.
Add Pipe Support Straps
If the noises are happening when you use most or all of the water fixtures in the house, it's probably due to loose pipes or insufficient pipe supports. Check the main water lines in the ceiling or the basement while someone turns on the water. If you see the pipes shifting, they need to be supported.
Choose a solid support beam or wood spaces where you can put the mounting screws for the straps. You need to be sure that the straps are secure over time. Then, use an electric screwdriver to drive the screws through the mounting brackets of the strap and secure them to the wood. The goal is for the curved part of the strap to be secure against the pipe, because it will keep the pipes from shifting.
Install a Water Hammer Arrestor
When the banging noise is limited to just one or two faucets, there's a good chance that it's caused by a water hammer, or banging from sudden water flow changes. It occurs frequently on fixtures that feed appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers. Since the valves for these fixtures tend to close quickly, it can cause the pipes to shift and bang. Install a water hammer arrestor on the main pipe feeding the
The water hammer arrestor for a washing machine line screws onto the back of the pipe. They're easy to install, because you don't have to do any cutting or other plumbing work. Other fixtures require that you cut the pipe and install a pipe tee before you can put the water hammer arrestor on the line. If you have a dishwasher or other fixture that's causing the problem, this may be necessary for you. In those cases, it's in your best interest to have a professional plumber do the work. To learn more about plumbing, speak with someone like Day's Plumbing Supply Inc.