Friday, August 8, 2014
Creaking Pipes: Tips in Silencing a Common Edmonton Plumbing Issue
Rattling and banging – Rattling pipes are caused by three common factors, namely loose fittings, high water pressure, or water hammers. Loose pipes rattle because as water runs through them, they vibrate and hit the nearest wood framing when they’re loosely fitted. High pressure causes pipes to vibrate rapidly and doesn’t spare tight or loose pipes, and water hammers bang because of the water slamming an abruptly closed valve (causing the characteristic banging sound of a hammer). First, loose pipes can be fixed by securing the pipes to the wood framing using pipe clips. Second, rattling caused by high water pressure can be eased by lowering the pressure to a recommended level, which is often between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). This can be done by adding a pressure reducing valve to the incoming main line.