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How to Remove Air from Water Pipes

No one enjoys turning on the faucet, only to be confronted by unsteady, sputtering water flow and a bunch of gurgling noises. These are clear signs that you are dealing with air in the water pipes. Fear not! It’s not as serious as it sounds and can usually be fixed in a matter of minutes.

So, if you:

  • Are hearing prolonged, vibrating noises coming from your pipes;
  • Are experiencing irregular water flow;
  • Have found that there is air in the water pipes,

Then read on, because this post has the solution!

How to remove air from water pipes

If you’ve diagnosed the problem, you may be asking yourself just how to get air out of water pipes. Luckily, this issue is usually easily handled without professional help.

Here is what to do to remove air from water pipes:

Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Turn off the mains water supply.

    Locate the main water supply valve and shut it off completely.

  2. Open all faucets.

    Starting from the one closest to the shutoff valve and working your way towards the furthest one, slightly open all the water faucets. This includes all sinks, showers and bathtubs.

  3. Flush the toilets.

    Don’t forget to flush the toilets a couple of times, too.

  4. Turn the water supply back on.

    Once all the faucets are turned on, turn the main water supply back on. Keep the water running for 10-15 minutes, or until you get a steady stream of water with no noises.

  5. Run the appliances.

    Turn on all the appliances in your home that use water, such as the washing machine and dishwasher, and run them through a rinse cycle.

  6. Turn the faucets off.

    Once you get a steady stream of water, you can turn the faucets back off, starting with the furthest one from the shutoff valve, and working your way back to the closest one.

Need help? Call a professional!

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  • Prolonged, vibrating noises and irregular flow are symptoms of air in the water pipes.
  • The best way to deal with this issue is to force the air out.
  • Turn the water faucets on, starting from the one closest to the shutoff valve and working towards the furthest one.
  • Make sure to turn all the faucets back off once the problem is solved.
  • Don’t forget to run any appliances that require water, too.


Was this post helpful to you? How did you get on with removing the air in your water pipes? Let us know in the comments!

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