What is causing a tapping/creaking noise when hot water or heating is on in my new build house?
Hearing a tapping or a creaking noise when you have the heating on or when you are running the hot tap on your bath/shower/sink is a common issue. We have been to several new-build houses where the homeowners have been living with the annoyance for years.
The most common cause of it is the hot water passing through the copper pipework which vibrates against timber studs. An example of it is shown in the video below where we recently carried out snagging surveys in a block of apartments in the Midlands.
To remedy the issue requires intrusive work finding where it is occurring... this can be a process of trial and error because the source of sound can be misleading.
A Snaggers Blog
HomeSnag inspectors are experts at inspecting new-build houses. This blog shares real examples to demonstrate the importance of getting your new build house or apartment snagged professionally
"I always insist that there is specific provision for snagging," says Thomas Moran, partner at law firm Speechly Bircham. "Reputable developers do this anyway, but there are all sorts in the market, some big, some small, so you need a contractual promise than within, say, a year they will come back to remedy any minor defects in the finishing."
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