My shower vibrates loudly.
December 11, 2009 10:39 AM   Subscribe

How can I stop my vibrating shower pipes… in a college dorm?

My shower here at college will vibrate really loudly, seemingly at random. Sometimes if I turn the water all the way to hot or all the way to cold, it stops. This isn't a daily thing, and it does eventually go away on its own—that can take anywhere from five seconds to five minutes.

The building is brand-new this year, so I don't think it's a matter of old plumbing. No one else has this problem. It's a shower/tub combination, with a level to pull up on the faucet to activate the shower.

What might be causing this? Might I be able to fix it on my own, or will I have to submit a work order?
posted by reductiondesign to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
I've seen similar stuff happen where hot water has a lot of air in it and then passes through a valve or fixture with restricted openings and has sort of a squirt gun effect inside the pipe. It's not worth the trouble to fix yourself; if you break the valve (and with old hardware, this is possible), it'll be a big pain in the ass. Put in a work order.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:41 AM on December 11, 2009

The big question is whether or not you have access to the shaking pipe at the point where it's shaking. If so, you could easily wrap it in some kind of a rubber gasket or secure it with a pipe clip of some kind.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:47 AM on December 11, 2009

Water hammer? Report it. Very common and hard to fix on your own.
posted by wingless_angel at 10:56 AM on December 11, 2009

Water hammer can be prevented by installing air pockets in the plumbing. They look like appendixes on the pipes. The problem is either that they weren't installed, or that they have filled up with water.

If these pockets were not installed, this is not something you can fix. If they exist, but are filled with water, then the solution is to drain the line, open the faucets, close them again, and refill the plumbing. Is this something you can do? Probably not, but ask the Physical Plant folks about it.
posted by Midnight Skulker at 12:41 PM on December 11, 2009

What kind of noise does it make, more specifically? Squeal, hum, thunk, clank?
posted by gjc at 5:29 PM on December 11, 2009

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