Vibration in floor...boiler/water heater?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum' started by Rachiex, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Can anyone offer any experienced or expert advice?

    I'm being woken most nights especially around 1am and again around 4 - 6am to my floor and bed vibrating. A neighbour has said his water heater/boiler had new valve fitted. He said it's noisy but didn't think it would cause vibration in my next door flat.

    It's happening now asI'm typing and I put my ear to various walls to try to locate it. The only place with any sound is next to this neighbour and there isa pressured sound in the wall.


    Is this sounding like aboiler/water heater problem? If so what sort of problems are there? I'm wondering about offering to pay for my neighbour to have aplumber check the boiler, as it's affecting me, but if they checkedduring the day when there often isn't any perceived vibration, wouldthey still find a problem?


    Thoughts and advicewelcome on this one. I seriously cannot sleep at night as itvibrates the whole flat and there's nowhere to place my mattress tosleep!
     
  2. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Anyone have an opinion on this? I realise you may not have an answer but still interested in any thoughts. Or can you direct me to other places where I could ask this question, it does seem like a plumbing issue to me...thanks :)
     
  3. croppie

    croppie Forum Thug

    Do you know what sort of valve it was? Gas or water?

    As a quick check ask your neighbour to make sure all stop cocks etc are open.
     
  4. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Thanks. I don't know what sort of valve and at the moment I'm leaving my neighbour alone as he doesn't think it's coming from him, and I can't keep on about it...even though I'm seriously sleep deprived.

    What would making sure all stop cocks are open do?

    I don't think anyone in these flats has gas by the way, so perhaps it's water??

    Thanks for your time :)
     
  5. jonnyswamp

    jonnyswamp Plumbers Arms member

    It seems as though your neighbours cold water supply pipe runs through your flat and when water is used elsewhere in the building you get to hear the water hammer
    Have you got a landlord or a company that looks after the building? It will probably only be a faulty washer, but it's finding which one in which flat, which (if you have one) the maintenance co should sort out
    Or it's time to let a plumber spend the night at yours, I'm sure there will be one or two candidates (reprobates) on here would oblige
    Croppie is known for his generosity
     
  6. jonnyswamp

    jonnyswamp Plumbers Arms member

    Deleted, double post
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2016
  7. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Interesting, the management company don't seem interested at all. I think I'm 95% sure which flat, at least in terms of direction now. I just need to talk about things in a way that doesn't scare the neighbour off, or make them think they'll have to pay out loads. i'm willing to pay for a plumber to do some checks BUT someone told me the plumber would only check the water heaters and would be unlikely to find a problem.

    How would a plumber check for this? Would they have to be present when it's happening or can they switch stuff on to check? Sorry for the daft question, but it's always at the wrong time. I have vampires for neighbours.

    And being so sleep deprived I'm not really very good company lol
     
  8. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Something else I've thought of, the neighbour who I think it's coming from often goes to bed early, around 10 ish and is up very early for work, sometimes at 4. But I feel the vibrating often from 11pm - 2.30am. I don't think they would be using water all that time....thats the confusing part.
     
  9. Riley

    Riley Plumbers Arms member

    It's all guesswork mate. Tanks could be refilling slowly when the neighbour is asleep. Really need to get a plumber in again
     
  10. Radioman

    Radioman New Member

    You could try and find his water meter and turn it off.
     
  11. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Now I'm showing my ignorance....would turning his water meter off immediately stop the vibration (and hence confirm where it's coming from)? Thing is I don't want to upset anyone, lol
     
  12. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Ok, so tomorrow I will try and find a plumber. The difficulty is that most people answering the phones are not actually plumbers, they can't discuss the issue. But I'll have another go tomorrow. Thanks
     
  13. croppie

    croppie Forum Thug

    Whereabouts are you? One of us might be nearby.
     
  14. jonnyswamp

    jonnyswamp Plumbers Arms member

    You're not staying overnight!
    Mrs Croppie wouldn't be best pleased
     
  15. Riley

    Riley Plumbers Arms member

  16. croppie

    croppie Forum Thug

    No..... no, she wouldn't be. ....
     
  17. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    I know it's guesswork, but with the description I've given, does it even remotely sound like something you'd deal with? Vibration, more at weekends, from 10pm - 2am, and again anytime from 4am - 9am, usually 5am. Ongoing. From the You Tube vids I've watched that isn't typical water hammer...though, as a lay person I wouldn't rule it out, but ongoing for those lengths of time, and why more at weekends....the only difference is that the neighbours are home more then.

    Before I get a plumber, will have to see if the neighbour is ok with it, as the plumber won't be checking out my flat (unless the vibration is happening then, but often isn't during daylight and early eve). Thanks for reading.
     
  18. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    LOL, by the way I'm in Dorset...and seriously feeling ill and sleep deprived.
     
  19. plumb_know

    plumb_know Plumbers Arms member

    If it happens every day, I would try turning off your meter or internal stopcock for the flat for the night and see if this stops the noise?. If it does then would point towards it being your flat. Common problems would be stopcock washer/jumper or toilet float valve washer.

    I would see if turning your water off at night first cures it rather than pay for plumber to investigate a neighbours property which could be waste of time
     
  20. Rachiex

    Rachiex New Member

    Thanks for that. It was happening at a time when I had a leaky tap so I was routinely turning the stopcock off, and it was still happening, but I will give it another go. Also I guess that would be an easy thing to ask a neighbour to try one night...although they're up at four for work so I don't know if it will tell me much as they'll have it on again. But I will bear all this in mind, thanks.
     

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