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How Trapped Air in Water Pipes Causes Major Plumbing Challenges

How Trapped Air in Water Pipes Causes Major Plumbing Challenges

“What’s wrong with my faucet? It’s sputtering water!”

If you’ve encountered these issues recently, you likely have air trapped in your water pipes. These air bubbles usually find their way to the highest points in your plumbing system, lower water pressure, and inhibit the flow of water through the pipes. 

Air in the water piping system can cause rust and corrosion. Rusted pipes weaken, and the rust can drop sediment into your water. 

The main cause of air in the water lines is water system maintenance.  Cutting off the water supply for a period of time can allow air to enter the system. (Running faucets briefly usually resolves this problem.) Maintenance work on the water main may also introduce air into your system.

You can attempt to bleed your pipes to release the air bubbles, a process of systematically turning on and off all faucets, water fixtures, and appliances. 

Several issues may cause air to enter your water lines. Here are some of the common causes:

Air in your water pipes has the potential to do damage to your plumbing system. To diagnose the problem, call a professional plumber. He can help you resolve the banging and vibrating of your pipes, address air in your hot water tank, and restore consistent water flow to your fixtures.

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