Things That Go Bump In The Night: Stop Your Creaking Water Pipes

Do your pipes rattle and make noise when you turn the faucet on? If so, there is an easy cure to silence those deafening pipes: adhesive backed felt. The following article will teach you how to install felt to keep your plumbing fixtures silent.

Locate Your Pipes

The first step to stopping creaking pipes is to locate your pipes underneath your house. Look up at the floor joists and make note of each pipe hanger. Keep a running tally of the number of pipe hangers underneath your house. While under the house, it is also a good time to inspect your pipes for leaks. If no leaks are found, you can continue with your project. If you find a leaky pipe, you will want to deal with the issue before applying felt to your pipes.

Go Shopping

Once you have calculated the number of pipe hangers under your house, visit your local hardware store. Purchase enough adhesive backed felt to wrap each pipe held by a pipe hanger. You want to purchase a felt that is thick enough to protect your pipes, but thin enough so that it doesn't interfere with the pipe hangers.

While out shopping, you will need to purchase some alcohol swabs. These will be used to clean the pipes before installing the adhesive backed felt. Although you could use a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth, most people find it easier to work with alcohol swabs.

Clean Your Pipes

You will want to clean your pipes before installing the felt. Briskly rub each pipe with an alcohol swab to remove dirt and grime. Cleaning your pipes will ensure that the glue will stick to the pipe and remain intact for years to come. Allow alcohol to dry completely before you begin applying the felt.

Install Felt to Pipes

Cut each piece of felt into 1-inch strips to allow for easier installation once you are underneath the house. Each strip should be cut approximately 6 inches long to allow you enough length to wrap each pipe.

Remove the pipe from the hanger and wrap the felt around the pipe, pressing firmly to ensure good adhesion. Once the felt is installed, refasten the hanger to the floor joist. Continue this procedure until each pipe held by a pipe hanger is wrapped in felt.

As water runs through your pipes, the pipes expand and contract causing them to rub against the pipe hangers and floor joists.  You can reduce the noise created by wrapping your pipes in adhesive backed felt. Talk to experts such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating for more information.