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In the last week or so noises have been coming from upstairs

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in the last week or so noises have been coming from upstairs bathroom tap, just cold, when turning on and off. Also when shower is turned off. These noises have ranged from high whistling to low, guteral noises. Right now the washing machine is on and when it is taking more water on the noise come from the cold water tap up stairs. I've tried turning the stopcock on and off for trapped air but it still happens. Any idea?
JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?
Customer: I just said, a week or so, getting worse
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yeah, from whay I'vw read it doesn't seem too serious
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Plumbing
Expert:  Andrew Smith replied 1 year ago.

It is usually from a balltap or a stoptap.

Try isolating the tank or the toilet to identify where it is coming from

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is no tank so I think it's mains direct supply. It's coming from the cold water tap up stairs. There is only one stopcock in the house. If it is the stopcock why is the noise only coming from one tap upstairs? If I open the tap fully there is no noise. When I close quickly there is no noise. Sometimes the lever will rock back slightly from its closed position and that's when the noise starts.
Expert:  Andrew Smith replied 1 year ago.

OK, there must be a loose jumper in the tap then.

Are you able to strip the tap down?

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