The steps you need to take to stopping your water pipes from vibrating depends on what is causing them to vibrate. This could be any of the following:
- Unsecured (loose) pipes
- Water hammer issue
- Your water pressure is too high
So, let's take a look at how to fix each of these issues to help you with your problem.
Unsecured / Loose Pipes
The water pipes throughout your home are oftentimes secured with straps here and there as they snake along behind your walls. After some times, these straps could break. If that happens, when water rushes through the pipe it could cause it to vibrate.
Now, the problem is in trying to find WHERE that specific broken strap is. Unfortunately, there is no scan or product that can detect that easily.
You might be able to locate it if there is a loud sign or other very apparent event that occurs to let you know that the specific area you hear that sound from may be the location of the broken strap.
The only other method is to break holes in the walls or ceilings to try to find it.
A Water Hammer Issue
According to Wikipedia - a water hammer is a...
"pressure surge or wave caused when a fluid, usually a liquid but sometimes also a gas, in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly; a momentum change. This phenomenon commonly occurs when a valve closes suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse. It is possible to reduce the effects of the water hammer pulses with accumulators, expansion tanks, surge tanks, blowoff valves, and other features."
Water hammers should not be ignored because in time, they could cause some serious damage to your water pipes.
The best way to fix this problem is to install (and or repair) a water hammer arrestor. This usually looks like a pipe that is located close to a fixture. Your plumber can help you locate it, fix it and/or install one for you.
Water Pressure Is Too High
There are several reasons why your water pressure may be too high.
- a problem with your water pressure regulator
- a problem with your thermal expansion relief device
- if your home sits at the bottom of a hill
- if your water company has increased their distribution pressure
In our article title What Causes High Water Pressure we go into detail on each of these issues and how to fix the problem. But the bottom line is that you can test your water pressure with an inexpensive pressure gauge which you can purchase online or at your local hardware store.
If you have any questions about water pipes or are having some problems with them, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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