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  BU364 Preventing noise in plumbing installations

BU364.jpgThe transport of fluids through a pipe system will always generate sound energy due to vibrations caused by the mechanical forces involved.

Noises generated by poorly designed pipework within a completed building structure are often very difficult to eliminate or reduce. Protection against noise generation should be a basic responsibility of both the designer and installer of the pipework.

This bulletin looks at the causes of noise in plumbing services for:

  • high-pressure/ high-velocity systems
  • low-pressure systems
  • outlets and fittings
  • gravity discharge systems.

It also looks at options to minimise noise and nuisance from plumbing installations generally.

Publication date: January 1998 Keywords: drainage, noise, plumbing