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If you are experiencing clanging and banging sounds in your water pipes then there is no need to be scared. These sounds are caused by air accumulation in your water pipes. The process used to get rid of this plumbing problem is known as bleeding water pipes.
Cracking pipes and shaking faucets can also be cured through water pipes bleeding. It happens when the built-in air chambers of your home plumbing system become waterlogged. This process is also used to cure blocked hot water pipes. Sometimes heating pipes and hot radiators in your home get air bubbles inside them. These air bubbles block the passage of hot water and when hot water no longer passes through these pipes, bleeding water pipes is the best way to restore the flow.
It is not very difficult to bleed water pipes so you can do it yourself. In order to bleed your hot water pipes, you need to follow a simple step-by-step process. Before starting the bleeding process, you need to turnoff your boiler in order to cool the system. Give your system some time to cool down. After waiting for a few minutes, the next step is to locate the bleeder valve on your heating pipes. Place a bucket beneath the bleeder in order to grab hold of water that spouts out.
Once you have identified all bleeder valves in your home, turn them open. As soon as you open the bleeder, air will escape. If there is no air inside a bleeder, then a stream of water will escape out. After finishing the bleeding process with one pipe, proceed to another one. Bleed every pipe until there is no air in the heating pipes.
Once you have bled air from all water pipes in your home, you will get rid of the banging sound. The process of water pipes bleeding is helpful in restoring the correct of air and water pressure. The last step of this process is to restore the water supply. After bleeding all pipes, you need to allow all facets and spigots in your home to remain open for some time. Turn on the main water valve located in your basement. As soon as you open it, you will hear a loud noise and water will begin to sputter shaking faucets. Water in your faucets will start to run smoothly within a few minutes.