How to Remove the Air From Your Pipes
Are the pipes in your home making noises? Do they seem like they’re making gurgling sounds, or vibrating? While it might sound scary, those noises might mean there is air in your pipes.
There are a number of reasons that air has gotten into your pipes. They range from leaks in the pipes to malfunctioning valves to using a well pump that is unable to draw enough water and pushing some air into the system. Generally a little air in the system can be solved at home with the steps below. But if you think there may be a more serious leak or malfunction, it’s better to call a plumber first.
Pausing the System
- The first thing you’ll want to do is turn the water off to your home, through the main water valve. This valve can be located inside or outside.
- From there, you’ll want to turn on every faucet in the house. Don’t turn them all the way, but just enough to let the air out. Every faucet that has a water line, including your washing and dishwashing appliances should be turned on.
- You’ll want to start with the faucet closest to the main shutoff valve, and go from there. Each hot and cold faucet should be opened just about halfway, and toilets should be flushed. This will let the air run out of the system.
Letting Water Run Slowly
- Now that you’ve opened up all of your faucets, turn the main water line back on.
- You’ll want to run the water for 10 or 15 minutes, just to make sure you’re seeing a steady stream of water coming out, and aren’t hearing the air in the system.
- With your washing appliances and dishwasher, you’ll want to put in a cup of water, and let them run through a rinse cycle.
If you’re seeing a steady stream of water with no issues, that means the air is no longer in the system. You can start to turn the faucets off, starting with the farthest from the main water valve, and working your way back.
Typically, air in the pipes does not cause any damage. Some people do confuse having air in their pipes with an issue where water traveling in the pipes changes directions too quickly. This is called a water hammer, and can create excessive pressure, damaging the system.
Plumbing experts in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
If you followed the above steps, but are still hearing things in your pipes, it might be time to call in the experts. For a thorough look at what’s causing problems in your water system, talk to the pros at Ohio Buckeye Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 283-9377.