Pipe straps can be used to help quieten noisy pipes. If your pipes are rattling, squeaking or banging it doesn’t necessarily mean that your pipes need to be replaced. The air inside the pipes the can cause noises. Another source of noise is the water that is flowing into the pipes – if its level is too high and any air in the pipes isn’t enough to cushion the pressure. Alternatively, the noise can be due to old pipe straps that have loosened. There are a few things you can do to decrease or stop the noises made by banging pipes –
- You can fix existing pipe straps that are loose or damaged
- You can install pipe straps, or add additional straps
- You can call in a plumber
What ARE pipe straps?
Pipe straps are also known as pipe clamps, and they are used in the installation of pipelines for several reasons. Mostly, they are used to anchor pipes to the surface where they are being installed to prevent them from falling apart. They are also used to control the vibrations and movement of the pipes as water pressure pushes it towards the edges. If pipe straps are constantly subjected to high amounts of water pressure, it can cause them to loosen. Pipe straps can also become less effective if they have been installed many years ago. It’s important that you maintain your pipe straps to avoid having to endure those irritating sounds coming from your pipelines.
Where to buy pipe straps
Pipe straps are available from plumbing supply stores, and hardware stores, with prices varying between brands and sizes. They can also be made from different materials including metal and plastic. You can call your local plumber from Plumbers Direct on 1300 896 508 – for advice on the type and size of strap you need to purchase.
How to install pipe straps
If you know how to do it, connecting a pipe strap is quite easy.
- Determine the location or locations where the banging sounds are being heard – this is where you place your additional pipe straps
- You can choose to set pipe straps every meter on vertical pipelines or every two meters on horizontal pipes.
- When you purchase your straps, make sure the bolts are included
- Install the pipe straps using the metal clamps and tighten the bolts
- You can also apply some insulating plastic pipes if you need further protection.
Pipe straps can also be supplied and installed by your local plumbers. Along with installing pipe straps, you can also avoid noisy pipes by turning your taps on and off slowly – this way you are regulating the amount of air within the pipes.