Air pockets are relatively commonplace in most plumbing. While most air pockets simply cause water to spurt out of faucets for a moment or two, some air pockets can actually prevent water from flowing properly. Clearing air from a home's water lines is not an difficult process, though it may take some time, depending on the amount of pipe and water line going through the house.
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Things you need
- Section of garden hose
Locate the shut-off valve for your home's water lines. Once you have found the shut-off valve, turn off the water flow to your house.
Open all faucets in your home. Every shower, bath and sink faucet should be open. Water may drain from the faucets for a moment until the lines have emptied.
Allow a adequate amount of time---about five to 10 minutes---for the air bubble to dissipate.
Turn the water valve back on to return water flow to your line system.
Shut off the faucets in your home to finish the process.
Remove Air Blockages From Home Water Lines and Pipes
Slide one end of the garden hose to the affected faucet, and the other to a faucet that is functioning properly.
Open both of the sink faucets. The pressure of the water coming from the working faucet will force the air out of the pipe.
Let the faucet run for one to two minutes to ensure removal of the air bubble.
Shut off the faucets, starting with the faucet with the blockage. Wait a few minutes, then shut off the working valve.
Remove the garden hose and test the clogged faucet. If there is still an air bubble, repeat the process.
Removing Air Blockage From Single Faucet
Tips and warnings
- If all else fails, call a plumber who has equipment specialised to properly handle air blockages in water lines.
- Be careful not to turn the pressure up too high when turning your water back on.
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