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Introduction to Draining Your Home's Plumbing System
How to Drain Your Home's Plumbing System

Drain each plumbing fixture

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    Sometimes it is necessary to drain the entire plumbing system in your home. Some of the most common reasons to do this include:
  • Fixing a water hammer problem;
  • Seasonal winter shut down of a property;
  • Major plumbing repair.

Seasonal shut down of properties that are not used year round includes a checklist of many items to prepare for winter and having the plumbing system evacuated of all water is an essential task.

If you have a water hammer problem and older style air chambers, then you need to learn how to drain the system so that air can refill the air chamber. Although draining the system will solve (or greatly reduce) your water hammer problem, the problem will come back as the water system is used. It may be a few months or it may be a year, but you'll have to do this again.

Let's take a look at how to easily drain and then recharge your home's plumbing system.

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