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Bleeding Your Waterlines Could Fix Your Problems

Are you having issues with the water flowing into your home? There are several issues that can arise when air is trapped in the waterlines. Here, you will learn what those problems are and how to remove the air from the waterlines to eliminate the issues:

Problems Caused by Air in the Waterlines

Low Water Pressure – If the water pressure has decreased or you have noticed that there is a quick spurt and sputter before water begins flowing out of the faucet that you've just turned on, it could be due to the air bubbles that are trapped in the waterlines disrupting the flow of water. Decreased water pressure is more of an issue than you might think. It can cause the appliances in your home to be less efficient or not work as they should.

Gurgling Sounds – You might sometimes hear a gurgling noise coming from the faucets and fixtures throughout your home. This happens as air pockets move through the lines. Over time, the sound will become worse and much more noticeable.

Pipe Vibration – Sometimes, you might hear the pipes in your walls rattling when water is flowing through them. This can be a serious problem if you don't resolve the issue because the vibrations can cause the seals to come loose and water will begin to leak.

Pipe Obstruction – An uncommon problem is pipe obstruction. Air pockets can get so large that they prevent water from flowing through the pipes. Not only is this a nuisance type problem, but it can cause issues with the appliances in your home.

Internal Corrosion – When air is trapped inside the waterlines for a while, corrosion can begin to form inside the waterlines. Hold a sheet of paper towels under a faucet and turn it on. If you notice small particles of rust in the water, there is likely corrosion somewhere in the lines.

How to Release the Air from Waterlines

This can be done in just five quick steps:

Step 1: Close the water main to the home.

Step 2: Go to each faucet and fixture in your home and turn them on – start at the faucet at the lowest point of your home. Allow them to remain open for fifteen minutes or so.

Step 3: Close the faucets at the lowest point of the home and leave the rest of them open.

Step 4: Restore the water flow to the home.

Step 5: Continue running water through each faucet for several minutes until the water is flowing smoothly from each one. Turn off the faucets, and you're done.

If this process doesn't improve the water issues that you're having, contact your local plumbing services for assistance.