Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated June 22, 2022)
What is "water-hammering"? This phrase is one that can sound pretty ominous, and can be a rather serious problem if it isn't fixed as quickly as possible. In simplest possible terms, water hammering is a phenomena that occurs when a shock wave is sent through the plumbing of your home due to the water and air interacting incorrectly when you turn the faucet off. Luckily, this is a term that refers to a very specific problem, and as such one that can be remedied rather easily.
Generally speaking, this procedure should take care of the vast majority of water hammering issues. That being said, there may be times when this won't do the trick. In those situations you may need to replace the pressure control valve, or even the pipes themselves. Before you begin tackling a project like that though, you should get a second opinion from a plumber to see if they can fix the problem without having to do anything drastic.
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