Silencing the Bang: Understanding Water Hammer

Water hammer, that sudden and loud banging noise in your pipes, is not just an annoyance; it's a plumbing issue that can lead to long-term damage if left unaddressed. In this blog post, Frank's Mr. Plumber will delve into what water hammer is, its causes, and effective solutions to bring peace and quiet back to your plumbing system.

What is Water Hammer?

Water hammer, also known as hydraulic shock, occurs when there is a sudden change in water flow within your plumbing system. It typically happens when a valve is closed abruptly, causing a shockwave that travels through the pipes. This sudden stop in water flow results in a loud thudding or banging noise, akin to a hammer striking the pipes.

Causes of Water Hammer:

Closing Faucets or Valves Quickly:

  • Problem: Abruptly shutting off a faucet or valve causes a surge in water pressure, leading to water hammer.
  • Solution: Close faucets and valves slowly to reduce the sudden change in water flow.

Water Supply System Design:

  • Problem: Poorly designed plumbing systems, with insufficient air chambers or water hammer arrestors, are more prone to water hammer.
  • Solution: Consult with Frank's Mr. Plumber to assess your plumbing system's design and install appropriate water hammer prevention devices.

Water Pressure Fluctuations:

  • Problem: High water pressure in the pipes can contribute to water hammer.
  • Solution: Install a pressure regulator to maintain consistent water pressure and prevent sudden surges.

Solutions to Water Hammer:

Install Water Hammer Arrestors:

Water hammer arrestors are devices that absorb the shock caused by sudden changes in water flow. These can be installed near appliances or fixtures prone to water hammer, such as washing machines and dishwashers.

Adjust Water Pressure:

If your water pressure is consistently high, consider installing a pressure regulator. This device ensures that the water pressure throughout your plumbing system remains within safe and stable limits.

Install Air Chambers:

Air chambers act as cushions to absorb the shock caused by water hammer. They are typically installed near quick-closing valves and can be retrofitted into your plumbing system.

Regular Maintenance:

Regularly inspect your plumbing system for any signs of water hammer or related issues. Frank's Mr. Plumber can conduct a thorough assessment to identify and address potential problems.

Water hammer might seem like a mere annoyance, but it can lead to serious issues within your plumbing system if ignored. If you're experiencing water hammer or want to prevent it in your home, Frank's Mr. Plumber is here to help. Our expert plumbers can assess your plumbing system, recommend appropriate solutions, and ensure that your pipes operate quietly and efficiently. Don't let water hammer disrupt your peace – reach out to us for professional assistance today!