Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
Have you started to hear strange sounds coming from your walls? Water builds pressure as it moves through your home's plumbing system. This force can create noise that disturbs you and your family as your plumbing system begins to age.
Squeaky pipes can be disconcerting, but there are some simple things you can do to address this common problem.
1. Make sure all pipes are anchored securely.
Your home's plumbing system is an intricate network of pipes that run throughout your residence. Since pipes need to service plumbing fixtures on all floors, connecting pipes are anchored to the framework of your home.
Over time, the metal brackets that anchor your pipes in place can begin to corrode or come loose. Water pressure causes your pipes to vibrate within the compromised brackets, resulting in the banging or squeaking noises that you hear behind your walls. Removing small sections of drywall to access damaged brackets can help you reduce plumbing noise in the future.
2. Insulate your pipes.
Adding insulation to exposed pipes can provide a number of benefits. The insulation will help to regulate water temperature within the pipes, preventing them from freezing when outdoor temperatures drop.
Specialized pipe insulation can also provide a cushioned cover that helps muffle the sound of any banging or vibrating that occurs when water moves through your plumbing system. Instead of the metal or PVC exterior of the pipes hitting your walls, the cushioned insulation makes contact instead.
Insulating your exposed pipes can be a simple way to reduce plumbing noise and restore peace and quiet as water flows throughout your home.
3. Check the function of your pressure regulator.
Water pressure that is too high can cause serious damage to your home's plumbing system. Although you cannot control the pressure of the water being fed into your plumbing system by municipal water lines, you can reduce water pressure before water is circulated through your home.
Adding a pressure regulator helps lower water pressure to an acceptable level. When this regulator breaks, you may begin to hear your pipes rattling or squeaking due to the increase in water pressure.
Use a water pressure testing gauge to check the PSI of your home's incoming water just after it passes through your pressure regulator. If the water pressure is too high, contact experienced plumbers to replace the pressure regulator in order to quiet your home's plumbing once again.