Draining the plumbing system in your entire home may become a necessity if you have water hammer issues. Water hammer is a noise that problem that makes sounds like a clang in your plumbing system. It may occur when you shut off water that is rushing through the pipes too quickly. This results in an abrupt pressure change that causes a hammering noise in the pipes. Water hammer can destroy pipes and fittings. Draining the plumbing system introduces air into the plumbing system and this softens or eliminates water hammer. If you use a home only in some seasons and are not there on a regular basis, it is often a good idea to drain the entire plumbing system before you shut up the house, in order to clear out excess water and particles that may have gotten trapped in the plumbing system. If you are about to have extensive plumbing repairs done it is also a good idea to drain the entire plumbing system so that there are no waterlog issues that can hamper repairs.
5 Steps for Draining Your Plumbing System:
Draining your plumbing system should not be too much of a hassle. Here are some simple steps you can follow to get the job done quickly and effectively.
- Begin by finding your water meter and shutting off the main water valve.
- Go to the highest floor in your house and turn on all the faucets.
- Go to the lowest level of your house (this is usually the basement) and turn on the laundry tub’s faucet.
- Go through the house and flush every toilet.
- Check all your open faucets. You shouldn’t see any water coming out or there should only be a slight leakage.
The plumbing system has now been drained.
Preparing Your Plumbing System for Winter
Draining your plumbing system just before the start of winter is one of the best things you can do to save your pipes. Often pipes will become frozen during the winter. An excess of water in the pipes will only heighten the chances that your pipes will become frozen and burst. This is especially true if you have copper pipes. Draining the entire plumbing system will give you a better chance of avoiding frozen pipes that burst and bring costly repairs.
Draining your plumbing system periodically is one of the most proactive moves you can make as a homeowner. This can often be the crucial step that saves your plumbing system from costly damage. For more information, contact a plumber like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.