I have a quick question. I moved into a house about 6 months ago.
About a week ago I was in the basement when someone flushed the toilet and I
noticed a "ticking" or "knocking" sound from the plumbing. I have never
before and I am assuming that it has just recently started. I followed the
noise back to the main water meter. Is this common for the water meter to
make this noise? Or is there a possibility that there is something wrong
with it? Thanks for the help
That's probably the usage-counter working. sometimes it's a
little wheel inside the meters that actually spins and clicks a
counter connected to the dials on the front. Every tick won't
make a needle move, but every so many will - forget how many.
Can you see if a neighbor's does the same thing? I assume it's a
quiet tick, right?
|I have a quick question. I moved into a house about 6 months
| About a week ago I was in the basement when someone flushed the
toilet and I
| noticed a "ticking" or "knocking" sound from the plumbing. I
| noticed this
| before and I am assuming that it has just recently started. I
| noise back to the main water meter. Is this common for the
water meter to
| make this noise? Or is there a possibility that there is
| with it? Thanks for the help
| Mike Lambert
You can talk to your water provider, but I suspect it is within what
they will call normal. I think I have the loudest one in the neighborhood.
You can hear it all over the house, at least where there are pipes, as it
travels along the pipes.
What's the brand of the meter?
"Project Overview and Motivation:
"For almost 10 years, Sensus Technologies Inc. has been receiving
complaints from customers concerning water meter noise in their SRII
water meters. This noise, which is characterized by a motoring sound,
ticking or clicking, and a swishing sound, has been noticed to travel
down the plumbing. This non-repeatable, chaotic noise is suspected to
be generated by solid-to-solid contact within the meter, and therefore,
mechanical improvements (decreasing tolerances, making meters more
symmetric, etc) have been made. These improvements have achieved
significant noise reductions. However, the problem is yet unresolved.
It has been reported that the noise emission changes with changing
temperature of the water and that sharp pressure spikes can be observed
at the meter outlet. As a result, testing these meters for the source
of the noise is believed to be imperative for the problem's solution."
In the event you aren't absolutely certain it's emanating from the
water meter, there is a possibility it's actually the PVC drain
flexing from the weight of the drained water. I have a similar ticking
sound which can be heard in the walls at first/second floors, and that
I discovered was the PVC drain. In pushing upwards lightly on it (from
the basement), the sound stopped. Not much I can do about it, so I'm
living with it....
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