Air in your home's waterlines could mean big problems if you don't address the situation quickly. So, how do you know when there is air in the waterlines and what do you do to resolve the situation?
Signs of Air in Waterlines
Gurgling Noise – When the amount of air trapped in your waterlines is minor, you may hear a faint gurgling noise, but as the air continues to build, the noise will become much louder.
Vibration of the Pipes – When you hear the pipes vibrating as you run water, there is likely air trapped in the waterlines. The vibrations can be devastating to a plumbing system because it can cause the fittings to loosen and start to leak.
Low Water Pressure – If, when you turn on your faucet, the water sputters a bit before flowing, air pockets are probably trapped in the pipes. Those air bubbles disrupt the flow of water and reduces the amount of water pressure from the faucets throughout the home. This decreased pressure could affect how well your home appliances work, so treatment should be completed.
Obstructed Pipes – In some cases, air bubbles in waterlines can become so large and position themselves in the plumbing in a way that obstructs the water flow. When this happens, the water will not flow and cause serious problems with your plumbing system.
Corrosion – If the water coming from your faucets contains small particles of rust, the air trapped in the waterlines has been there for quite some time. When the inside of your pipes are exposed to air and water, corrosion will begin and eventually lead to complete pipe failure and the need for serious repairs.
Removing Air from Waterlines
Step 1: Turn off the water main to your home.
Step 2: Turn on all of the faucets in and outside of your home, starting with the faucet at the lowest point of the home.
Step 3: Close the faucet at the lowest point in the home leaving all of the other faucets open.
Step 4: Restore the water flow into the home.
Step 5: Allow the faucets to flow freely for several minutes until the water runs smoothly from every one of them. At that point, you can turn off the faucets and go about your day.
If bleeding the air out of your waterlines doesn't fix the issues that you have been expecting, contact your local plumbing services for assistance.