The Correct Way of Stopping Plumbing Pipes from Making Noise
It is easy for someone to think that the water that flows through pipes is static. It actually is not static. When a tap is opened, water swirls and churns within the pipes with so much force, and since it is under pressure and incompressible, it exerts a considerable amount of force on the pipes once you close a tap or once the water changes direction. The pipes can vibrate and shake, and it is possible to hear the following sounds: rattling, banging, clanking, hissing, or tapping. Fortunately, quieting them does not require the help of a
plumber. This will, however, require you to do a number of things, and these are:
Clanking and Banging
1. Have banging pipes fastened to the framing using mounting straps or pipe clamps. If these have already been secured, but the clamps have become loose, replace any nails keeping the clamps in place with screws. If you cannot access the pipe, wedge some padding at shutoff valves or the part where the pipe exits a wall.
2. Check the pressure meter located near the primary valve if you hear clanking from any spot in your house’s plumbing. The ideal pressure is 80 PSI or pounds per square inch, and if it is not at that level, you need to adjust the pressure regulator until it is exactly at that level. Turn the control using a wrench.
3. Have a water hammer arrestor installed near fixtures where excessive clanking or banging could be heard. Water hammer happens when water strikes the valve or tap violently if you close or open it. An arrestor has an air chamber which absorbs the energy in pressurised water.
Bleeding Excess Air Off
1. Switch the primary water valve off.
2. Head to the farthest or highest point from the primary valve and switch the tap on. Working your way back to the primary valve, open every tap, flush every toilet, and switch your dishwasher and washing machine for some time until there is no more water in your plumbing system.
3. Close every tap, beginning from the one located nearest to the valve, and then flush every toilet another time.
4. Slowly open the primary valve and let water flow freely into your plumbing system. If water hammer arrestors were set in the pipes, the water pushes the air back to the chambers where this is supposed to be located. Expect air to emerge from the taps when you switch them on the first time.