How to Stop Water Pipes From Rattling

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Noisy water pipes can be annoying, tempting you to call the plumber and pay to have the whole system overhauled. This may not be necessary if you understand the basic reasons behind this. The primary culprit is usually "water hammer"--too much air in the pipes causes water pressure to change suddenly, which you can often treat on your own.

  • Turn off the main water supply valve to your house. Turn on all the faucets, inside and outside, and allow them to run dry. Leave them on once there is no water left.

  • Turn the main water supply to the house back on.

  • Turn off the faucets in your house one by one, starting with the one at the lowest level in the house (this is usually the outside water hose faucet).

  • Call a plumber if this doesn't work. The other problem that causes rattling pipes is having improperly seated pipes or worn-out water hammer arrestors in your plumbing system. These problems require tearing out a portion of your wall and some insulation or parts installation.

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