In the first part of this two-part blog series, you learned what water hammer is: a loud bang in your water pipes when you turn off a faucet. You also learned that it can have several different causes, including water in the air chamber, shaking and swaying old pipes and high water pressure.
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As a trusted plumbing repair company in the area, here at Oak Plumbing we know that water hammer is something you want to stop. That’s why our experts are here to provide tips on how to fix it. Here are a few solutions to get your plumbing system back in shape:
Drain your system to replenish air chambers. An air chamber absorbs water pressure by compressing it within the chamber. As water flows, the chamber loses air, so it becomes less effective at absorbing shocks. You can keep water hammer in your water supply pipes to a minimum by installing a replacement air chamber or a water hammer arrestor. This way, your chambers will be refilled with new air, minimizing the effects of water hammer.
Reduce water pressure. If the above option doesn’t work, try decreasing water flow to your home by adjusting its regulator. By doing so, water pressure will be lowered, which will ultimately help the pipes and air chambers absorb shock better. Naturally, this will also keep your water supply pipes healthy, so you won’t need pipe leak repair in the near future.
Contact a plumbing expert for assistance. Plumbing solutions like replacing air chambers or even regulators can be confusing to a non-handyman, so if things get more complicated and technical than expected, it might be best to immediately consult a professional plumber.
Whether it be fixing water hammers or performing sewer line repair, Oak Plumbing is your go-to solutions provider. Contact us at (707) 200-7594 or complete our contact form to schedule a FREE consultation today. We provide services for customers in Sacramento, Vacaville, and other nearby CA neighborhoods.