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SassySue 12-15-2007 05:14 PM

Mystery Noises
Just recently moved into a 70's bungalow.
It's desperately in need of updating, electrics etc, also has a free standing glow worm boiler in the kitchen.
When the heating is on, we hear a intermittent ticking or winding sound coming from the hall radiator & the small bedroom. Never heard anything like it before - very strange. Doesn’t make any noise when the heating is off.
Also, The kitchen sink & the bathroom has a constant sound of water flow. At first thought it might be the toilet system filling up, but it's constant & under the kitchen too.
Does anyone have any answers?
Is it to do with the age of the house & the mechanics used???
Very baffled.

Thank You for reading.

Bondo 12-15-2007 05:27 PM

Ayuh,........ Usually the sound of running water is in fact running water,......
Does this happen when the heating system is Off as well,..??
If you shut down the various branches of the plumbing system, you should be able to isolate,+ Fix the Leak.......

The heating system noises could be pipes expanding,+ contracting, rubbing against a board or something,....
Or it could be trapped air in the line........

joed 12-15-2007 05:39 PM

Do you have a water meter. Check it and see if little red arrow is moving. Water sound is usually just that, water running. Most comon place is the toilet leaking or over flowing the fill tube because it never totally shuts off.

SassySue 12-15-2007 06:28 PM

The sound of water flow happens when the heating is off too.
No leaks either.
And don't have a water meter either.
Thanks for your time

justdon 12-16-2007 04:06 PM

How far is stool from kitchen sink as the crow flys??
Are they on a common stack where it is transmitting sound up thru pipe and echoing thru sink drain??

Have you changed the rubber flapper in the bottom of the 'tank' part of your stool?? Thats where most sneaky leaks occur,,,other than running thru overflow tube from NOT shutting off completely. I had a stool leaking several hundred thousand gallons a month and you couldnt tell it was dripping a bit!! The seat where the flapper sets was grooved OR a crack where it ran thru besides what was supposed to,,,I just replaced whole stool as THAT stool was the MOST expensive stool I ever owned considering the water it wasted!!

IF you have a shut off underneath on the supply side,shut it off for 4-6 hours, recheck level and SEE how much it is leaking how fast!! IF you have NO meter you may be SCHOCKED to learn how much leakage. otherwise just shut water off, all of it for a measured time and see how long till it leaks some!! Take that times 24/7 and it may be tons even at a slight drip!! (and yours sounds like a roaring flow). Any other even SLIGHT drips in the whole system?? private wells and private sewers it sneaks up on you with DEATHLY results!!(it waterlogs your lateral system!!)

other sounds of the heating system is normal expansion contraction,,you will get used to it,,,or look further for a source,like air!!

SassySue 12-19-2007 03:54 PM

Mystery Discovered

I just wanted to say Thank You for your replies.

You were right!
We got a plumber round to detect the noises which sounded like fast water flow.
He took the panel off the bath side & pulled back the bathroom Vinyl to reveal a horror. The floor boards were all black with rot & soaking wet, beneath the floorboards is now a pond of water due to the holes in the pipes, two, which were fast leaking water. The plumber fixed the leak, cut & wielded the pipes so no further leak occurred. Now just waiting for the pond beneath to dry out before replacing all new floorboards.

Funny how quiet the bathroom is now without the sounds of water.
We'd only just bought & moved into this house last Friday too, obviously this error was not brought to our attention when buying the house.
Will now be going to the solicitors with the Plumbers bill, surely this is unlawful not to mention dishonest.

Happy New Year Everybody

joed 12-20-2007 04:08 PM

Only unlawful and dishonest if the previous owners knew about it. Look for evidence they knew about this such as patched or fresh painted ceiling below, new flooring covering up the rotted stuff.

ratherbefishin' 12-20-2007 04:42 PM

joed is absolutely right. Unless you and the seller agreed otherwise in your contract, you bought it "as is, where is". You'd have to prove they knew about it and tried to hide it in order to have any claim, and a lawyer's fee in a losing cause would be a lot more than the plumber's bill.
It always amazes me how many people go into debt for 15-30 yrs for a house, but won't spend a few hundred on a preliminary home inspection to know what they're getting into.

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