How To Stop Noisy Plumbing And Heating Pipes

Plumbing

When you get home you want to have your peace and quiet. Sometimes this can be interfered with by noisy pipes either water pipes or the heating pipes to your house. They may make vibratory noises and bang against the walls which can be a nuisance. Here is how you can fix either of the two when they become noisy.

Heating Pipes
During the cold season it becomes almost impossible to sleep without heating the house. The heating system could be one of air, water or steam depending on the system you have. If you have a system that heats using air then you can rest easy. Such a system does not make those annoying noises that can keep you up all night. If your system uses water or steam then you have probably been kept awake by noise coming from the pipes when the system is on. If you have a system that uses steam to heat the house, then having water in the pipes could be the reason you are experiencing that noise in what is referred to as the steam hammer. The steam has a lot of energy and therefore as it passes over the water it picks droplets of water and throws them at very high speeds bangs them on the pipes producing that hammering sound. If you have a system that heats water and distributes the hot water around the house to heat it, noise in such pipes could be because of air trapped in the pipes. If there is air trapped there it blocks the flow of water and therefore it vibrates and makes a rattling noise that is really irritating. Other causes of these pipes to vibrate include improper installations, sagging of the pipes and old age. Ensure that there is no air in a water heating system and no water in a steam heating system.

Water pipes
Water pipes are also prone to making noises. The biggest cause of this is usually the water going through an abrupt small opening. It could also be due to loose mounting straps or too high water pressure. To remedy this ensure that all the mounting straps are well fitted and the water is running at the correct pressure. If the air chambers that prevent water going through a small opening from hitting the pipes at high speeds are not reducing the noise have them replenished with air. To do that close the water and drain water from the pipes so that air gets back in.

Whenever you have such problems and especially when it is the heating pipes always consult a professional plumberso that you do not put yourself in harms way.