What Causes a Squeaky Faucet?


A faucet is a household luxury that has now become standard, but when a faucet leaks or squeaks, it can be an incredible nuisance. Determining the cause of the squeaking faucet helps you know how to remedy the problem.

Types of Pipe Problems

  • Water pipes and other pipes sound when there is too much water pressure; pipes can bang when there is too much room surrounding the pipes. Leaking pipes are also problematic.

Squeaky Pipes

  • Faucets can also make a loud whistle, scream or even a chatter when turned off or on. Sometimes, pipes can squeak when water runs through them to the faucet.

Squeaky Knobs

  • If you turn the handle of the knob on the faucet, sometimes a squeaking noise occurs. This problem is not caused by pipes but rather by the threading under the knob itself.

Fixing Squeaky Pipes

  • The only pipes that squeak are hot water pipes; they can squeak when water runs through them, causing them to expand. Place a protective cushion around the pipe to remedy the squeaking.

Fixing Squeaky Knobs

  • To remedy a squeaky knob, unscrew the knob from its place. Rub petroleum jelly or other lubricant on the rivets and screw the knob back into place.

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