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I am hearing a kncking sound from my wall (behind the wall are pipes) and it occurs day and night sporadically - appears to be associated with the Power Vent 2 - is there anything I can do

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You can install a water hammer arrestor. They are available at the hardware store or your favorite home improvement store. Also, look for pipes which are not secured tightly to the wall studs.

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I have the exact same problem, house is only 6 years old, two handel faucet, Ive turned off the cold side to eliminate it, turn on hot and have to run at full blast and it takes a full 10 minutes to get to...


You have a clog in the water line?
Or a faulty check valve or mixing valve?

Add a comment and say how you fixed the problem, or add more information about size of pipes.
It seems like the cold water is getting into the hot water line somehow. There is no other explanation, as much as I can see from 800+ miles away.
If you have crossover on a single-handled faucet where the cartridge is bad, that can cause this problem.
Slab house can have plumbing in attic. It can be a chore to drop poly pipe down into walls, but it can be done with angle drill. Assuming walls are 8 foot high and pipes can be easily dropped to sink level where the sheetrock is removed and new pipes tied into sinks and tubs.
This kind of DIY project would take a couple weeks working a few hours each night when temps cool off, depending on size of house and number of affected faucets.
I live in Houston on a slab and ran my pipes in the attic when I built the house. Of course I worry about broken pipes collapsing the ceiling and filling the house with water, which happened to lots of homes one year when temps dropped to 4 below. I was in the painting business at that time, which was a boon to business for a few weeks.

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