Noisy pipes can quickly become a major pain! They can keep you awake at night and distract you during the day. That sound you hear is not your only concern. Rattling can also be a sign of serious plumbing issues somewhere within your system. Fortunately,noisy pipes can usually be easily diagnosed and quieted if you know what to look out for. Follow along below to help get your pipes working quietly once more. Of course, if you’re feeling unsure, call a professional plumber. They’ll be happy to help!
Turn the water on and off.
Locating a noisy pipe is not always as easy as you might expect. You may even need a second person to help you pinpoint the source of the sound. Turning your water supply off and on while you search can not only help you pinpoint the source but also diagnose the cause of the problem.
Empty the water lines.
Another option is to purge your plumbing system completely. This helps to remove unwanted air pockets and can cure noisy pipes without any further intervention, often solving common complaints such as water hammer. This is an issue caused by pressure rebounding through pipes when water is abruptly halted at a stopping point. If not addressed, it can rapidly cause wear and tear, loosening, or even breaking, valves and fittings.
Secure the noisy pipes.
Another quick fix for a rattling pipe is to use a piece of rubber or foam insulation to wrap the affected section of pipe. You may also decide to go a step further and secure this to the adjacent wall or ceiling to help dissipate the pressure that may be causing the rattling. If you are unable to access the correct section, insulating the point at which the pipe leaves the wall can also help to dampen the noise.
Install a pressure gauge.
If your pipes are shaking or straining due to excessive pressure, valves and fittings could eventually weaken, or pipes may even burst. Fortunately, a pressure gauge can help you keep track of your system’s water pressure and diagnose common plumbing problems. If you notice pressures over 80psi, you may need a pressure regulator to be added to your water main in order to protect your system.
Seek professional assistance.
While the above steps can remedy some of the common causes of rattling pipes, if you have any concerns, it is always worth seeking the advice of a professional. They can assess the problems you face and advise you about the appropriate solutions, as well as any associated costs. The same applies if you are uncertain of your own ability to repair a plumbing issue. Asking a professional to carry out the work can help you avoid possible complications when doing it yourself. Fortunately, with a little vigilance, and your plumber’s guidance, you can quiet your noisy pipes and enjoy a peaceful household once again.
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