Quick fix for a leaky faucet

Published On June 26, 2018 | By Dave Palmer | Blogs, Mornings

Has a leaky faucet ever kept you up at night?  Well, someone’s finally figured out a way to deal with it . . . and all it took was a team of researchers from Cambridge. Believe it or not, no one had ever figured out what makes a leaky faucet so loud.  It seems like a small drop of water shouldn’t make that much noise, but it does.

So researchers at Cambridge used high-speed cameras to watch slow-motion footage of what happens when a single droplet hits a small pool of water in your drain.

And it turns out the sound is caused by a tiny AIR BUBBLE that gets trapped under the water with each drop.  The bubble causes the surface of the water to vibrate, driving the sound upward.  And THAT’S why it’s so loud.

Just put a few drops of DISH SOAP in your drain to alter the surface tension of the water.  And that should lessen the sound enough to help you get some sleep.


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