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    Default Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    How to get rid of 'air-lock' in pipes?

    I don't know how the air got trapped in our pipes.

    Immediately after I flushed the toilet, I could hear the air in the pipe is making annoying noise.

    Is there any easy way to get the air out? It's been bothering me quite a while now.

    Or, I need to get in a plumber?

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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Get a lot of it here tooo.

    We go to the furthermost outside tap and turn it on full bore, then we do the next furthermost and so on to the front of the house.

    It makes quite a blast at every tap, so watch it.

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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Piroska will have an expert answer for you But if you run the highest cold tap for a while it will clear it.

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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    The problem is the house’s plumbing configuration, and usually occurs when part of the supply line is above the highest tap (outlet).

    Google “Water Hammer” and you will find plenty written on the matter.

    But I’m picking you will need a plumber, even if only to fit a Water Hammer valve.
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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    Piroska will have an expert answer for you.
    Nope. Husband hated airlock issues...........
    We do have a sink where there is no non-return valve? and when you pull the plug it makes a noise, husband isn't keen on putting one in....
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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Does it mean that there is no easy solution but to bear with it?

    Calling in a professional plumber may not necessarily solve the problem?

    Will I still be charged even if he still can't solve the problem?

    If he spends 3 hours at 'trouble' shooting, I will be charged for 3 hours 'work'? That's going to be a big bill.

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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post

    Will I still be charged even if he still can't solve the problem?

    If he spends 3 hours at 'trouble' shooting, I will be charged for 3 hours 'work'? That's going to be a big bill.
    Generally that's how it goes, sometimes you cant find a problem. Look at from the plumbers point of View, he's worked X number hours, if that was you would you still expect to be paid ?

    IF you can reproduce the problem each time it would be easier to solve.

    That's the same as Computer fault finding 3/4 of the work can be finding the problem.

    One plumber, I do his Computer work, was telling me one day a lady was having banging pipes like described, they spent days off and on trying to find the problem, they couldn't reproduce the fault no matter what they did, then one day it happed while they were there and it was tracked down to the neighbors house causing the Airlock.
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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    The other good news is that if you choose to ignore it, it will eventually cause a leak somewhere, or break at a joint.

    How long this will take is anybody's guess.
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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    bk T try running the highest cold water tap for 5 minutes or so. It may not fix your problem but if it does you will save a plumbers fees at the cost of a few litres of water. I might add that that has worked for me a couple of times.

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    Default Re: Calling Plumbing Experts -- How to get rid of "Air-Lock"?

    Usually air gets trapped in hot water lines because of the lower pressure. If it is trapped in the cold water line, which is odd, then is the cold water pressure too low? Since the pressure in the cold water line is usually strong enough to push air out.

    If the cold water is hammering, it is most likely an issue with pressure rather than air lock.

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