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When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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2 Questions for When Your Home's Plumbing Suddenly Develops Water Hammer

by Madison Dean

You may not think much about the plumbing in your home, especially when it has always been relatively quiet. However, lately, you may have discovered that the pipes have started to bang loudly whenever you turn off a faucet in your house.

If this is the case, the problem is most likely caused by water hammer. If you have never heard of and/or experienced this issue with your home's plumbing, you may have a couple of questions in regard to it.

1. What Is Causing the Water Hammer in Your House's Pipes?

The first question you may have about the new problem with the water hammer in your home may have to do with what is causing it. The more common causes of this issue include increased pressure in the pipes or trapped air pockets within the plumbing.

When you turn off the flow of water, the sudden stoppage increases the pressure caused by the water, causing it to backflow. This backflow then causes the pipes to vibrate violently, creating the loud banging sound you are hearing.

Since it can be difficult to ascertain the exact cause of the water hammer, you should have a plumbing professional inspect your pipes to find it.

2. Can Water Hammer Cause Damage to Your Home's Plumbing?

Another question you may have about the water hammer may have to do with how it affects the pipe. You may wonder whether it is harmless or if it will cause damage.

If you do not have the issue repaired by a plumber, water hammer can eventually cause catastrophic damage to your home's plumbing. The vibrations can shake the anchors loose, making the pipes more vulnerable to damage.

Or, they could even cause the joints of the pipes to loosen and come apart, causing massive leaks. Instead of waiting, it is better to have the problem and your pipes inspected before this type of damage can occur.

If your home's plumbing has suddenly developed a water hammer, there may be a problem with a broken valve or air pockets have started accumulating in the pipes. If nothing is done and the problem continues, this could result in loose, damaged pipes or even leaks. Before this happens, contact a plumber in your area to have them identify the cause of the water hammer, as well as inspect the pipes for damage so that action can be taken to fix any issues and prevent problems in the future.