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You’ve probably arrived here because you’ve got a frustrating banging sound coming from somewhere in your house. At first it might only be a gentle sound, but it will undoubtedly get louder. So, what is this noise, where is it coming from and how do we fix it. This banging is most likely to be your water pipes banging.

There could be a few different reasons as to why your pipes are banging. You’ll be happy to know that not all these issues require a plumber but, it can be helpful to have one of us on hand as we do carry all the tools for the job. Let’s take a look at a few common causes and some solutions.

You’ve probably arrived here because you’ve got a frustrating banging sound coming from somewhere in your house. At first it might only be a gentle sound, but it will undoubtedly get louder. So, what is this noise, where is it coming from and how do we fix it?

This banging is most likely to be coming from your pipes. There could be a few different reasons as to why your pipes are banging. You’ll be happy to know that not all these issues require a plumber but, it can be helpful to have one of us on hand as we do carry all the tools for the job. Let’s take a look at a few common causes and some solutions.

 

Water hammers

 

The Issue:

When water is quickly forced to change direction it can cause the pipe to rattle. This type of banging usually happens when using washing machines, toilets or other large appliances. This is because they consume water on a large scale.

The Solution:

As plumbers, we would install air chambers around your home. Air chambers act as a cushion, preventing water from changing direction when it reaches bends or edges of a pipe. Over time these chambers will slowly fill with water but you can simply fill them with air again.

How? Easy:

– Turn off your water at the mains.

– Turn on all your taps, starting with the highest tap in your home and work your way down.

– Once the water has drained, turn all the taps off again starting from the lowest point.

– Turn the water back on at the mains.

If you want Jones and Brotherton Plumbing and Heating Contractors to come and install some air chambers in your home, simply contact us today.

 

Loose pipes

 

The Issue:

The pipes in your home should be securely strapped in place. If they aren’t, the friction created when water runs through them can cause the pipe to move. In turn this can make them bang around against the walls.

The Solution:

How should you reattach your loose pipes?

– Search for your mounting straps by turning on the water.

– If you can access the pipe, simply add some rubber pip insulation or foam to it and strap it back into place with metal plumbers tape. DO NOT use any galvanised tape on copper pipes. This will cause a reaction with your pipes and make them wear away causing leaks down the line.

– If you can’t access the pipe, wrap some foam padding or insulation around the nearest accessible part of the pipe. If that doesn’t make a difference then the wall will have to be opened to access the banging part of the pipe.

 

Dodgy Water pressure

 

The Issue:

High water pressure can put your pipes and appliances at risk. Water flowing into your appliances at high speed can cause breakdowns and be expensive to fix.

The Solution

You may already have a pressure regulator. To check, you just need to look in the area where your water supply enters your home. If you don’t have a pressure gauge, you can buy them from DIY shops. However, they can be tricky to install so get in touch if you need a hand!

If you’ve tried these solutions and you’re still hearing that nagging banging sound in your house, please contact Jones and Brotherton Plumbing and Heating Contractors.