Why Your Faucet Makes a Clunking Noise

If your faucet makes a clunking noise when you turn it on, that can be a surprising, even alarming experience. It’s very important that you have this type of problem checked out as soon as you can to make sure you’re not at risk of suffering damage to your pipes. Here are some potential reasons why this happens.

faucet with running water

Continuous Thumping

You could have one of two problems if your faucet makes a clunking noise and it continues while the water runs. The first could be that your water meter isn’t large enough. The other is that the water pressure is too high and you may need a pressure-reducing valve installed at your main water supply. Either way, you’ll have to get this problem checked by a professional.

Periodic Thumping

If the clunking noise only happens on a periodic basis, the reason may be that the straps that hold your pipes in place are too tight. Pipes, of course, expand and contract – they expand when they are warmed by hot water and contract when they cool down. Usually, if this is the issue you won’t hear the noise after a couple of minutes. Have a plumber loosen the straps and see if that fixes the issue.

Pipes Filled with Air

If you hear a rapid clunking noise when you turn on the faucet that could mean air is trapped in the pipes. Try turning on all of your home’s faucets at once and then flush all of your toilets. Wait for five minutes or so and give the water time to push out the air. If the noise does not disappear after that, then call a professional to have your pipes checked.

There’s no need for you to have to put up with a faucet that makes a clunking noise. Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Dallas at (972) 895-7775 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.