Occasionally, turning on a faucet may result in a sputtering stream of water, irritating sounds, or a burst of air. This is most likely caused by air trapped in the water pipes, but the air could’ve been trapped for several different reasons.
Water treatment systems often use air to work properly. Different systems have different requirements, so if you have questions, our team at Advanced Water Solutions can provide expertise about your system and whether it’s contributing to the air in your pipes. If you do not have a water system, the air could be caused by a leak in your well. When water drains, it creates a bubble of air that is released into the pipes when the water is turned on, pushing the air out of your faucet. As a result, sputtering and spitting effects can follow.
Air in water pipes can cause many problems. For example, it can cause well tanks to turn on when water is not in use, wearing out the machinery. The well can be triggered when pressure drops due to water draining, signaling the pressure tank to turn the pump on. Air can also dislodge the media from water treatment equipment, clogging pipes and stopping up household fixtures, increasing costs, and causing more frequent plumbing repairs.
To clear pipes of air, take the following steps:
- Shut off the main water valve to your home.
- Open all faucets.
- Once water stops dripping from all faucets, turn the water main back on.
- Once there is a steady flow of water from each, turn them off one at a time.
If these steps do not improve the situation, call Advanced Water Solutions at 580-338-5127 and we will be happy to take a look. If you suspect other problems with your water, contact us for a consultation. Our friendly team of professionals is always available to take care of you, no matter what the situation is! And don’t forget, we provide a variety of online resources and even free water testing to assist you day in and day out. Don’t put it off any longer if you think you may have a problem – let us help you take care of it today!