If you have knocking, rattling or vibrating of your central heating pipes then you may have a serious problem. And if you don’t have plumbing and drainage insurance cover, which protects you for when pipes burst or leak, you may be wondering what you can do. Not only that, but the noise can drive you mad as your pipes begin to sound like they are about to smash through the walls. But what causes these noises and what can you do to fix them? Let’s have a look at the reasons why your pipes may be vibrating:
Loose Pipe Clamps
Pipe clamps hold your pipes in place, so they don’t naturally rattle around under your floorboards and in your wall cavities. When you turn on your taps, shower, or any appliance that uses your water supply, the pressure within the pipes increases as the water flows through the system. This can cause pipes to move and vibrate. If the clamps holding them in place are loose, the pipe will rattle and make a noise. The only way to fix the problem is to tighten the clamp back up but that can be easier said than done if the pipe is behind a wall or under the floor.
High Water Pressure
If the water pressure within your central heating is too high, this can cause pipes to vibrate more and eventually cause pipe fittings to become loose. To fix this problem you will need to break out your boiler and central heating manual and look for how you can vent the pressure to a more workable level.
A water hammer is a banging sound created when fast-moving water moves along your pipes until it hits a swiftly closed valve causing hydraulic shock. The resulting pressure from the hydraulic shock can cause the pipes to vibrate violently. If this happens you may need to check your water pressure and/or get an engineer out to check the valves in your system.
Is there anything I can do to protect myself?
Yes, you can get Central Heating Insurance from Prominence Support. Our great value and comprehensive policies are there for our customers when they need them the most. Why not give us a call today and see how easy it is to get total central heating peace of mind.