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If you are hearing clanging and banging sounds in your water pipes, you do not need to be scared. These sounds are caused by air accumulation in the pipes. The process used to eliminate this plumbing problem is known as bleeding.
Cracking pipes and shaking faucets can also be cured this way. 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 results in air bubbles getting inside them. These air bubbles block the passage of hot water, and when hot water no longer passes through these pipes, bleeding them is the best way to restore the flow.
It is not very difficult to bleed water pipes, so you can do it yourself. To bleed your hot water pipes, you need to follow a simple step-by-step process. First, you need to turn off your boiler to cool the system, and be sure to allow enough time for it to cool down. After waiting a few minutes, the next step is to locate the bleeder valve on your heating pipes. Place a bucket beneath this valve to catch the water that comes out.
Bleeding Water Pipes: How To
Once you have identified all bleeder valves in your home, turn them open. As soon as you open the bleeder valve, air will escape. If no air is present inside this valve, a stream of water will escape. After finishing the bleeding process with one pipe, proceed to another one. Bleed every pipe until no air is left in them.
Once you have bled air from all water pipes in your home, the banging sound will be eliminated. The process of bleeding water pipes is helpful in restoring correct 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 faucets 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 in the shaking faucets, but it will start to run smoothly within a few minutes.