Water Hammer: Don’t Wait to Diagnose the Problem

Even if you don’t know anything about plumbing, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with a water hammer.

Water hammer is defined as follows:

A water hammer commonly occurs when a valve closes suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse.”

While it appears to be nothing more than a minor annoyance, a water hammer can lead to additional problems – such as leaking pipes – if not corrected.

Once you’re 100 percent sure that you’re dealing with a water hammer, there are a few steps you can take to solve the problem:

  • Install an air chamber
  • Use a pressure reducing valve
  • Install a mechanical water arrestor
  • Make sure pipes are securely attached to framing

Since it can be difficult to diagnose and repair a water hammer, it’s best to consult with a professional.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the problem, and implement the right solution.