Vibrating pipes might not seem like a home emergency. But it is a growing issue that troubles UK homeowners a lot. If you’re wondering how to fix vibrating water pipes, then there are a 03 steps you can take.
First, tighten up any loose pipes. This will help reduce the amount of noise they’re making. Second, cope with high water pressure. This can be done by adjusting the pressure regulator or installing a water pressure booster. Finally, troubleshoot hydraulic shocks. This may require you to call in a professional to help you diagnose the problem.
In this article, we are going to discuss the above-mentioned steps in detail. So that you can fix your vibrating water pipes.
1- Loose Pipes
When you turn a tap or a boiler on. Water rushes through your pipes, and the water pressure creates friction. Which causes the water pipes to vibrate. Normally you can’t hear water pipes vibrating. Because pipe clips keep the pipe in place and keep movement to the least level.
If a pipe clip has become loose or fallen away. Then reattach it – you’ll need to screw in a loose screw with a screwdriver.
If you can’t find any areas where pipe clips might have come loose, locate the vibrating section of the pipe. Try to access the pipe through open areas, access panels, or easy-to-remove fittings. Rather than by taking out a huge chunk of plaster. Then secure the vibrating piece of pipe to the wood panel with pipe clips.
Alternatively, if you cannot easily access the vibrating pipe. Then find the nearest accessible sections of pipe. And wrap foam padding or insulation around the hole where the pipe enters the wall. Hopefully, this should quieten the vibration. If it doesn’t, you will, unfortunately, must open the wall.
2- High Water Pressure
If your water pressure is too high, your pipes will be unable to cope with the high pressure. Resulting in your pipes making noise and vibrating. This will encourage your pipe clips to become loose. It might also damage the internal components of water-consuming appliances. Including washing machines and dishwashers.
Look for your water pressure regulator. This is typically at the area where the mains water supply enters your home. If you cannot find it, then purchase a water pressure test gauge from a DIY store. And follow the instructions on the package. If your pressure is above 60 to 80 PSI, then turn down your water pressure regulator. Or fit a pressure-reducing valve to your mains water line.
3- Hydraulic Shocks
Hydraulic shocks are also known as Water Hammers. These occur when water suddenly crashes to a halt or changes direction. Homes usually have air chambers. Which mitigates this issue, but over time your pipes will get air locked. You can fix the airlock in pipes by draining the air chambers. And shutting off your water supply at the stopcock and draining your water supply. Then, starting at the top floor. Turn on all your faucets and flush all your toilets until the water stops flowing.
You can also prevent hydraulic shocks and related vibrating plumbing systems. By fitting water hammer arrestors. Or you can fit slow-shutting water valves. At key locations in your internal plumbing system. But these are complicated jobs that are best left to the professionals.
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