How to Reduce the Sound of Water Rushing Through Pipes

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How to Reduce the Sound of Water Rushing Through Pipes
Rushing water in pipes is always the most noticeable at night. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The sound of rushing water in pipes, particularly at night, is caused by the draining of water from sinks, showers, bathtubs or toilets. Incoming water is under pressure, meaning there is little air mixed with the water to make noise as it travels through the pipes. The only option for quieting the sound of rushing water in your pipes is to insulate the pipes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Foil-backed fibreglass insulation
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unroll the fibreglass insulation on the floor near where you will be wrapping the pipe.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the pipe with a measuring tape to determine how long the piece of insulation to be wrapped around the pipe will be. Cut off a piece of the insulation at this length with the scissors.

  3. 3

    Tear several pieces of duct tape off of the roll and place them where you can reach them while holding the insulation on the pipe.

  4. 4

    Wrap the insulation around the pipe like a bun around a hot dog, bringing the sides of the insulation around the pipe to meet. Secure them together with several pieces of duct tape. Because sound travels better through solid objects, avoid crushing the insulation or securing it too tightly.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear gloves and a face mask when working with fibreglass insulation to protect your hands and prevent breathing in fibreglass dust.

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