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25 Aug

Washing machine water lines banging? Its water hammer

If you hear loud banging and knocking sounds coming from your pipes or in the walls of your home, chances are you were experiencing water hammer. 

Water hammer, also known as hydraulic shock, is a problem that occurs when there is a sudden change in the flow of water within a plumbing system. It is characterized by loud noises that usually announce when a valve is closed, or a faucet is abruptly turned off. 

Thankfully, the professionally trained contractors affiliated with Plumbers 911 are prepared to handle your water hammer issues in an efficient time while also preventing piping problems in the future. 

What causes water hammer?

Water hammer is primarily caused by the rapid flow of water within a pipe, resulting in a sudden increase in pressure. It often occurs in your home when a washing machine valve closes after the drum reaches full capacity.

Water continues to flow rapidly and becomes trapped. Therefore, it aggressively hits the side of the pipes, creating a “hammering” sound, also known as a shockwave. The water can also force a pipe to hit a neighboring pipe or the wall frame, which ignites a loud sound. 

Water hammer can be a pest to deal with and certainly cause a noticeable disruption in your home. Plumbers 911 can easily get you in touch with a professional plumber in the area to fix this disruptive problem immediately. 

The negative effects of water hammer on your plumbing system

Water hammer should be addressed as soon as possible, the repeated shockwaves can cause sudden plumbing failure or weaken pipes over time, leading to leaks or even pipe rupture. 

Plumbers 911 affiliated contractors are devoted to ensuring your piping systems are running efficiently and effectively. Don’t confront such an overwhelming issue alone, call Plumbers 911

Appliances and fixtures, such as washing machines, dishwashers, or toilets, could undergo severe damage due to excessive pressure if the water hammer is left unattended.   

The loud banging or knocking noise associated with water hammer can be disruptive, especially if it’s occurring frequently. Eradicate this issue in your home, call Plumbers 911 today to connect with an affiliated contractor.

How to stop water hammer with Plumbers 911

Fortunately, the contractors at Plumbers 911 have gone through intensive training so you don’t have to. 

Contractors affiliated with Plumbers 911 can install specialized devices called “arrestors.” Water hammer arrestors are positioned on the water supply piping fixtures, equipment or apparatus. These instruments will absorb the unpleasant shockwaves generated by this issue.  

Call Plumbers 911 to get your piping system properly inspected by affiliated contractors to see if the water hammer is a result of immoderate water pressure. So our referred contractor can install a pressure-reduce valve to maintain safe and consistent water pressure in your home. 

Ensure your pipes are operating properly, call Plumbers 911 today to get your piping system correctly inspected. 

To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

We will get through this together To say we are living in “unprecedented” challenging times would be an understatement. We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We would like to list a few pieces of information and websites that we think will be helpful for you during this time.

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