Diagnosing & Solving Water Hammer

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What Causes Noises in Plumbing?

Noises in Plumbing

If you’re annoyed by banging and hammering noises in your plumbing, you have a problem you want to fix as soon as possible, if only to save your sanity. Should you call the plumber immediately or is there something you can do to stop the noises on your own?

There are two causes of noise in plumbing:

  1. Air hammer is a result of air being trapped in your water pipes. It happens when you turn on a faucet or valve.
  2. Water hammer happens when you suddenly shut off the water. It often starts with a big “bang” followed by a series of diminishing hammering sounds.

When you turn on a faucet or valve and air is trapped in a pocket or pockets somewhere in your pipes, the air is compressed. Turning on the valve releases the pressure and causes a loud hammering sound like the sound of the air pressure being released from an air gun.

Water hammer works a little differently. The reason why it occurs when you turn off the water is that the momentum of the water causes it to crash into the faucet valve, causing an initial hammering sound. Further down in the pipes, an air cavity and a vacuum is formed. This makes the water surge forward repeatedly until the air pressure gradually diminishes.

Diagnosing and Solving Water Hammer

You may be able to stop air hammer from occurring by turning off the water at the mains, draining all the water from your pipes and then turning the water on again. This may work on water hammer, too, but if it doesn’t, the only other way to prevent it from happening is to slowly turn off your faucet to prevent the sudden onrush of water against the valve.

Modern plumbing systems have air chambers installed to prevent water hammer from occurring. If your plumbing system has these air chambers, they may be clogged with mineral deposits. A plumber can clean them and you won’t have to remind everyone in the family to slowly close the tap or taps where water hammer occurs.

If you live in an older home, you have two choices. You can reduce your water pressure and see if that works or you can get quotes for installing a hammer arrestor into your pipes. This is probably the best solution because if left unchecked, water hammer can cause pipes to burst. As annoying as those banging sounds are, a broken pipe is a far bigger problem and more expensive to fix.

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Do It Yourself Plumbing. Should You?

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Should You Do It Yourself Plumbing?

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No! I mean that sounds harsh doesn’t it? In Australia we have rules and regulations stopping people from doing what is known as illegal and dangerous plumbing. Why? TO PROTECT YOU.
 
Look, I’m not talking about changing tap washers and little things like that, but when it comes to connecting water services, gas services, hot water units and sewerage pipes the rules and regulations are put in place to protect the home owner or commercial property owner and if you choose to do your own plumbing or gasfitting you are risking not only your own health or being injured but that of the rest of the community also. When hot water units are not properly installed the outcome could be catastrophic. If you happen to connect a sewerage pipe to a water pipe you could put a communities health at real risk.

Is Do It Yourself Plumbing Worth The Risk?

I know at times consumers feel plumbers can be expensive, but the protection you are afforded by using a licensed plumber far outweighs the cost to employ them. These people are trained professionals who understand their responsibilities to the community as a whole and install plumbing in a way that protects the community from mishaps and injury.
 
You know that weekend plumber you employ? Make sure you check he has insurance and has a Contractors License not just a Plumbers License. If he doesn’t have these you run the risk of not having a callback if things go awfully wrong, and it does.
 
Imagine how the streets and your home would look if we didn’t have rules in place for the installation of your plumbing. Perth is a beautiful place but imagine that there was no control over how we disposed of sewerage from our houses. Oh Man! Disaster.

Employing A Plumber.

When you do employ a plumber stay loyal, don’t always go searching for the cheapest. Find someone you can trust and build a relationship with. Most will look after you and when you have that emergency (and you will) they will be prepared to come and get you out of the poo, so to speak. Plus most will look after you when it comes to presenting you the invoice.
 
Most plumbers will happily give you good free advice when you ring them up. They won’t want to lose you as a customer because they appreciate your loyalty. Seriously they want you as a long term customer and friend.
 
So think about it when you go to do that bit of plumbing. Is it worth the risk, will you put others in danger, will you put your families health at risk and when you go to turn it on, will it work?
 

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