Water hammer is also known as hydraulic shock. It occurs when a faucet or other valve is shut off quickly, causing a sudden stop in the water flow, and resulting in the loud banging characteristic of water hammer in the home’s plumbing in Sugar Land. When water hammer occurs, extreme stress is placed on the pipes, and damage can occur. In addition, water hammer indicates the presence of a problem in the plumbing system, and shouldn’t be ignored. When your pipes are experiencing water hammer, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Sugar Land for proper diagnosis and repair.
The loud banging noise, frequently followed by a series of echoes, is the most widely recognized characteristic of water hammer. The stress of the shock causes erosion in pipes, valves, and fittings that can result in leaks of the home’s plumbing in Sugar Land. Furthermore, the immediate reaction to the shock can be separated fittings, resulting in leaks.
The noise and vibration of air in the pipes, typically due to municipal system repair, is often confused with water hammer. However, the air in the pipes occurs when you open a faucet, while water hammer occurs when a valve is closed. If water hammer is occurring in your home’s plumbing system, our plumbers in Sugar Land have the expertise to provide a diagnosis of the cause and the professional repair required for your plumbing in Sugar Land.
The causes of water hammer include high water pressure, pipe corrosion, or a loose pipe attachment.
Water Hammer Repair
The proper repair of water hammer will depend on the cause. Checking the water pressure can reveal if a pressure reducing valve has failed to allow water with unrestricted high pressure to enter the home. A simple water pressure gauge screwed into an outdoor faucet will reveal the water pressure. If the pressure exceeds 80 psi, contact a plumber for the repair of your plumbing in Sugar Land. Locating a loose pipe strap or hanger is typically more difficult, especially when the pipes are located in the walls. Pipe corrosion isn’t a condition the homeowner will be able to identify, although discolored may be an indication when the pipe material is galvanized piping.
The homeowner can provide the following temporary solution to restore air to the chambers before contacting a plumber. When the technique fails to stop water hammer, it indicates other problems are present in the plumbing requiring prompt repair.
Restoring Air Chambers
1. Turn off the water entering the home at the main valve or the water meter.
2. Drain the water from the pipes by opening all outlets. Draining the pipes will allow air to fill the pipes and restore the air chambers.
3. Close the outlets and turn the water on.
Remember, this only a temporary solution and won’t correct the problem causing water hammer in the home’s plumbing in Sugar Land. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber can provide a permanent solution to resolve water hammer.
High water pressure is one potential cause of water hammer, and installing a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) can provide a solution. High water pressure can also damage pipes, faucets, and water-using appliances. Furthermore, the valve can go bad, typically due to corrosion. Testing the water pressure at an outside faucet can reveal a faulty PRV. The installation or replacement of a PRV requires a professional plumber. Installation requires cutting into the home’s main water supply at the water meter and requires a plumber’s expertise.
An aging plumbing system, and especially when the pipe material is galvanized piping, can cause water hammer. The galvanized pipe should be replaced with a modern pipe material before water leaks cause serious damage to the home and/or its foundation. Modern plumbing incorporates chambers of air into the design, providing protection against water hammer and its damaging effects.
If you’re experiencing water hammer with your plumbing in Sugar Land, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg for professional plumbing repair. We serve Sugar Land, Houston, Katy, and the surrounding areas with reliable plumbing services. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.