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Bleeding Plumbing Pipes the Right Way

Air can get trapped in the different pipes in your plumbing. Water will go past these air pockets and make small bubbles, which might cause the pipes in your plumbing to make vibrating or ticking noises. This, in turn, causes the water to jet out from taps all of a sudden. In addition, air can cause a tap to emit a thumping sound when turned on.

The best way to solve these problems is by bleeding the affected pipes. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Switch on all the taps at home. This may increase the velocity of the water that flows out of the pipes and might push all of the trapped air out.

2. Allow every tap to stay open. Also, flush all toilets numerous times to push out all the air trapped in their supply lines.

3. Switch off the taps once the pressure of the water becomes steady and you can no longer hear any sputtering. Find and switch off the tap nearest to the primary water supply of your house. Once you have done this, switch off the taps starting from those nearest to the water main. Each time you pass a toilet, flush it and wait for two minutes before you switch off the next tap.

After having done these things, find out if there is air left in the entire plumbing system.

1. If you find any air left in your plumbing, then release it by opening a pipe.

2. Find the highest point in the plumbing system in your home. Switch off the primary water supply to your home. Remove any water from the lines by switching your tap on and leaving it that way for some time.

3. Using a hacksaw, cut the pipe located near the high point. Then place a tee joint that has a ½-inch valve. Using a pipe-joint compound, secure the ends of the tee joint.

4. Switch the tap off and switch the main on. Then open the valve slowly. This releases the air and some amount of water. Once this happens, place the valve outlet. This removes whatever air remains in your plumbing system.

Remember: Regardless of the plumbing task that you will be doing, make sure that you have the right tools to use as well as the right safety gear but if, for some reason, you do not have any of the things mentioned above, you can contact a well-equipped, skilled, and licensed plumber in your area to do the job for you.