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We have a secret and it’s a rather noisy one!
Last year, amongst a load of other projects, we attempted to tidy the upstairs hallway. Whilst it is looking better than before (yes, we still need to finish stripping and painting the last bit of dado and skirting), there’s something much less pretty hiding underneath our newly sanded floorboards.
It’s our heating pipes and they’re sooooo noisy! Or at least they were, as we’ve finally managed to sort the problem and it couldn’t have been easier!
This is definitely a project that falls into the category of – OMG why didn’t we know about and do this years ago/I can’t believe how cheap and easy it was/why, oh why didn’t we do it sooner.
I know you think we’re exaggerating, but for us, this has made a difference that’s almost beyond measure.
Gone are the cold nights where we’d turn off the heating at night because the noise from the pipes was just too loud to allow us to sleep. I’m not joking, on really cold nights, where the heating would be on a lot, we’d be woken up every half hour or so just because the pipe noise was so bad.
If you think that sounds bad, the mornings were even worse. Because the heating had been off all night, it was sometimes so cold that we could actually see our breath!
Now if you’re wondering about our amazing, expensive and high-tech solution… it’s a roll of felt. Yep, a £7, roll (this is the felt we used which actually it came in a pack of 3 rolls) of pipe felt.
I honestly can’t believe how simple and easy this solution was. If we’d known we would have done it years ago!
These are our 3 Steps on How To Stop Your Heating Pipes Making Noise
- Lift your floorboard (always be careful because of the pipes and cables that are underneath them)
- Everywhere a pipe touches a joist or another pipe, just squash some felt around it. Be careful not to move your pipes too much, you don’t want to loosen any connections, damage the pipe or cause any leaks! It has to be a snug fit, so if the space around the pipe is already tight (as it was in our case) just cut open the tube of felt, so that it’s a bit thinner and easier to squash around the pipe.
- When you’re happy that all noise has gone, just put the floorboard back (again being careful about the location of pipes and cables)
Told you it was easy!
In just under an hour we managed to solve a problem that had been bugging us night after night for over 4 years. As we stood there, in complete blissful silence, we were both stunned and slightly frustrated at the same time. If only we’d known it was that simple.
Now, I’m not saying this will solve all of your heating/pipe noise, as there can be other problems that could also cause noise, but honestly, for £7 and a bit of work, it’s definitely worth a try. In our case, there is still one old radiator (in our as yet unfinished bathroom) that makes noise, but other than that, all ticking, banging and noise has disappeared! If only we’d know sooner!
Have you ever had a house related (or any other kind) problem that you managed to solve which was so much easier than you’d expected? Do you have noisy heating pipes? How did you manage to stop your heating pipes making noise? Or do you have any other noisy house problems? We’d love to know!