Why does apartment plumbing make a rattling noise?


I live in an apartment, and recently the electric water heater was dying. There was a small leak and it stopped heating a couple times. It also made a crazy rattling sound like a little snare drum, unpredictably, having nothing to do with me using the water. It would last from 1 sec to about 20 seconds, at completely random times. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not for hours. I thought that it was the electric heating element causing boiling or something. It always ended with a loud, very distinct click, so I thought it was an electrical contactor or something switching off. Eventually, the water heater was replaced by management. I figured that was the end of that.

But, right away, more of the same. Obviously it is not my water heater, but the sound is coming from that area. What the heck is it and how do I make it stop? It seems to be getting louder and more persistent. The water heater is in a locked equipment closet and I don't have the key and am not supposed to be going in...

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Top Ways to Fix a Clogged Drain on Your Own

Have you ever heard noise coming from the taps and faucets in your home and wondered, “Why does plumbing make noise?’’ Well, the noise could be the result of dirt or rust that has accumulated in the pipes causing a restriction to the water flow. Other sounds that could come from your plumbing include a loud band with your hammer, rumbling pipes and a shake of pipes. These different sounds are caused by different problems that all eventually lead to clogging your drain.

A clogged drain can be the cause of major pain for you and your family. Not only does it make the house uncomfortable to live in, but it comes with the additional pain of having to look for a plumber and the expenses that come with it. This, however, need not be the case. You don’t have to run to a professional plumber at the first sight of a clogged drain. The following are tips you can use to unblock a clogged drain.

Clean the Drains using a Chemical...

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There is nothing worse than waking up in the dead of the night to hear rattling in the bathroom; this noise could either because of their plumbing pipes or paranormal activities (and you’d rather hope it’s the former).

In most cases, the rattling and clanging noises are due to pipes; a certified plumber can diagnose and rectify the issue.

However, to help every homeowner understand why exactly their pipes are having a party. Here are the most common reasons that induce pipes to make so much noise.


The most common reason why pipes start to make so much noise is due to water hammers. This is a term coined by plumbers to describe a hydraulic shock that changes the direction of the water.

This normally happens when appliances, such as water machines, are operating or due to a sudden surge of water pressure.

In most cases, a certified plumber can rectify the issue, but there are certain steps which every homeowner can try...

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Have you ever gone down to your kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water? You turn on your faucet and hear a guttural sound that scares you half to death. Don’t worry, it is not a mountain lion that has snuck into your backyard, nor is it an intruder (hopefully). If you hear a weird noise when your turn on your faucet, it can mean that there is a problem with your plumbing. This can both be a good and bad thing. The bad thing is that you will have to fix the problem that arises. The good thing is, hopefully, that you have caught the problems before it causes any extensive damage.

Different Plumbing Sounds and What To Do With Them

No two sounds are the same. This goes for the noises that your plumbing makes as well. When you turn on your faucets, flush your toilets, or go to your laundry machine, make sure to pay careful attention to the sounds you hear because they may be trying to tell you something.

Thunderous Bang and Your...

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A growing number of Australians live in apartments. The compact city model presents many benefits. However, living close to each other also presents challenges.

Rapid growth in apartment developments in recent decades has led to a rise in noise-related complaints and disputes across urban Australia. Households with children are on the front line of such tensions. They are one of the fastest-growing demographics living in apartments. Analysis of the latest census data show, for instance, that families with children under the age of 15 comprise 25% of Sydney’s apartment population.

Apartment design and cultural acceptance of families in the vertical city have not kept pace with this shift in housing forms. Cultural expectations that families with children ought to live in detached houses are persistent. Apartment planners and developers reproduce these expectations by neglecting children in building design and marketing.

Living close to each other also presents...

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I have looked online at things like, boiler pressure, pipes not i am going home tonight to bleed the radiators, banging seems be situated opposite end of my property rad in room think most noise is heated from top an does it happen when you open hot tap? Why central heating make a or knocking why so noisy? Bestheating. If the boom or banging noise is located at heater, a delayed gas nov 7, 2013 anyone with steam heating in their house knows telltale sounds of start making annoying such as loud high pitched pipes water hammer. Less common now than it was 20 years ago, central heating knocking or banging is still very annoying. The best way to solve this is use a radiator bleed key release the air from system if you have noisy boiler, it's often sign that limescale has built up inside your boiler's heat exchanger. A noisy boiler could also be caused by a low water flow in the system nov 19, 2013. Googleusercontent search. Mar 1, 1981 aknocking or noisy radiator one that does not heat...

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From your comments, my guess is this is vibration of the drain line, and/or the vent stack, heard through the wall. I'll bet that one of those lines is not secured tightly, so you hear vibration in the wall to the kitchen. The vent stack may be touching the drywall in the kitchen, so you hear it "rumbling" in there, but not in the bathroom itself.

If you have access to this area in the basement, have someone stand down there with their hands tightly grasping the offending drain line/stack. The idea is to see if you can muffle the sound by dampening the vibration.

If this works, then the solution will depend on how well you can reduce those vibrations. Insulation might help, if you can stuff it up into the wall cavity next to the stack. Tie down the drain itself to nearby...

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“Help! I’ve moved into my new apartment, and just a week in, my pipes started rattling/vibrating! I don’t know much about plumbing, what do I do?”

Does this sound familiar? Plumbing issues can seem pretty scary to the average tennant. What could be causing the pipes to make these noises? It could be anything, right? Should I call a professional, or can I take care of this myself?

First, something to keep in mind is that it is normal for plumbing systems to make some noise. They’re working hard! With a high volume of liquid being shifted in and out of your home, complete silence is generally impossible, but the system shouldn’t be disruptively noisy.

Keeping that in mind, pipe rattling/vibrating noises most often boils down to three possible causes:

Loose pipes
Often if pipes aren’t secured well enough to the walls or ceilings they run by or through, the heavy volume of liquid passing through them can make them shake and bang into other pipes or...
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There’s nothing more annoying than listening to noisy water pipes, especially when you’re lying in bed at night. Rather than accepting to live with noisy plumbing, find out why your pipes continue to make all of this dreadful noise. There are usually a few reasons as to why your plumbing pipes make noise all of the time.

Water Hammers

When water is traveling through a pipe and it comes to the end near a faucet, it can create a loud noise that sounds like the swing of a hammer. To prevent these water hammers from consistently happening, air chambers (vertical pipes installed near faucets) are put in place to cushion the fast-moving water. However, every once in awhile you’ll need to refill these air chambers if you start to hear water hammers frequently.

Shut off the main water supply valve. Turn on the highest faucet in your house and allow it to drain. Turn on the lowest faucet in your house and allow it to drain (this is usually either in the basement, outside,...
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Q. What is a plumbing vent?

A. All water fixtures in the house, be it a tub, toilet, sink or floor drain, need a plumbing vent on the drain to make it work properly. This is a drain waste vent (DWV) that’s part of a system that removes sewage and greywater from a building and regulates air pressure in the waste-system pipes to help everything flow freely.

Q. Why is a plumbing vent needed?

A. The drain-waste-vent system carries away used water and wastes to sewers or septic tanks. If there is no plumbing vent, a number of problems may occur:

A fixture without a vent may drain slowly The drain will likely make gurgling noises The water in the trap could drain out, resulting in a potent sewer smell Methane gas emitted from an unsealed trap poses a health risk

Q. How does a plumbing snake work?

A. The basic process is as follows:

Push the end of the snake into the drain opening and turn the handle on the drum that contains the coiled-up snake ...
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A little noise never hurt anyone. Sure it can be annoying, but it isn’t the end of the world– right? This isn’t necessarily true, because for your plumbing, noises could mean the beginning of the end. If you notice any of the following sounds coming from your plumbing system, it is best to call in the professionals:

Banging/ Thumping

A loud bang or thump is cause for concern, as you might imagine. This sound coming from your pipes means there was an abrupt stop in your pipes caused by your water hammer. As the pressurized water runs through your narrow pipes, it likely hit a closed valve and once that pressure builds up, it emits a loud bang. If you choose to neglect it, that pressure build up can lead to a pipe burst.

Shaking/ Rattling

These sounds are a little less concerning than the loud bangs. Rattling or shaking is almost always caused by a loose connection or an improperly installed pipe. You might have to remove some drywall at the...
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My advice is this:

#1) follow the steps described by others from previous posts.

#2) If the Squirrel fan is dirty, clean it. compressed air is the easiest if you have an air compressor, or have a friend that does. Otherwise, dig out the brushes (large ones, small ones & even the toothbrushes) & start cleaning. Cleaning the squirrel cage may or may not, solve the rattling noise.....regardless though, a clean cage works less harder & produces better air flow.

#3) worst case scenario:
Call a furnace repair shop & have them look into it.
I can promise you that if they hear the rattling, they will either know what it is and/or be able to fix it if at all possible.

Calling a repair shop(especially on a weekend) is very expensive...but it almost always gets the problem...

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Know these early signs of water heater failure. You may be able to prevent a water heater failure emergency before it happens.

If you run a restaurant, hotel or apartment building, just thinking about a “no hot water” situation might make you panic. No dishwashers or no showers? No thank you! After all, you need hot water to run your business. Remember: your commercial water heater is a mechanical piece of equipment. So it’s not a matter of if your water heater will fail—it’s a matter of when. Eventually, all water heaters fail.

But you can be prepared. Look for these early signs of water heater failure—and learn what to do when your commercial water heater is acting up. Read on!

Skip to the water heater problem you’re experiencing:

Note: This post was originally published on 12/07/12. Due to popular demand, we’ve thoroughly updated this post with more comprehensive and current information. Major update: 9/1/16. Last updated: 2/7/17.

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Thanks for the link.

You’ve raised a point here that has been gnawing at me. And I think I finally get it, the marketing plan, that is. I recently stopped watching HGTV and DIY networks completely because all the shows say the same thing and feature home owners, contractors and home buyers who want the same thing — in this case the Open Floor Plan — because it’s popular, spacious, and “everybody wants it” these days. Circular reasoning. The programs do not show any alternative wants, needs, or designs, or even home owners who could take or leave the feature. They also don’t show the many families who make do without it. They only show home owners who must have it. It is marketed as an objective universally craved amenity that, if it is absent, seriously devalues any property –almost making it unsellable — the way a property on a major highway or near a sewage plant or in a high crime area might be hard sell and the sellers have to price accordingly. So whether or not...

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