Understanding What Water Hammer Is and the Solutions
You might have heard water hammer in pipes at night at some point or another, even when all the taps & faucets have been turned off. If these hammering and banging noises continue in your house, you have a plumbing issue that needs fixing.
The Causes Of Hammer In Water Pipes
There are two main reasons that cause hammering noises in your household plumbing:
- The sounds can occur as a result of air trapped in the water pipes. The hammer usually occurs when you turn on faucets in your home.
- Water hammer also occurs when you turn off a faucet suddenly. You will first hear a loud bang before the hammering noises start. When there is air trapped in the pipes, and you turn on the valve, it gets compressed. The pressure is released once you turn on the faucet which results in hammering sounds. The water’s momentum causes it to crash on the valve, making the sound. The air cavity causes a vacuum further down the pipe which results in the hammering sound that doesn’t diminish until the pressure is released.
Diagnosis & Solutions for Water Hammer
A simple method of stopping this problem is to turn off the water mains, drain all the water from the pipes and turn it on again. However, this technique doesn’t work in some instances. In such cases, your next move is to turn off the faucets slowly, which will prevent the water from rushing towards the valve.
Many modern plumbing installations have special air chambers incorporated into them, which prevent water hammer from occurring. If you have these air chamber installations in place and the problem still continues, it may be because there is a mineral deposit clog in them.
Contact The Plumbing Experts
All you have to do is give us a call and we will send out a licensed and skilled plumber over to your property. He will conduct a thorough check on the system and determine exactly what is causing the problem. If these mineral deposits are found in the system, they will clean them out thoroughly.
In case you live in an older apartment and don’t have these air chambers in the plumbing system, you have two options. The first is to reduce the pressure of the water to see whether that fixes the problem & the second is to give us a call to get air chambers installed. If these issues are ignored, it can result in the a pipe burst which can prove to be a major problem that becomes troublesome and expensive to fix.
For any information about our wide range of plumbing solutions, feel free to call SPS Plumbers on 02 9002 7332, and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.