Homeowners are often quick to assume that water hammer just causes loud noises that can be frustrating and annoying. What homeowners don’t realise is the noise isn’t the only thing going on with their pipes.
If left untreated, it could cause extensive damage to the pipes and structure of the home.
Pipes, especially old, rusted or corroded pipes, can burst due to the presence of hammering. The burst happens because the sudden changes in water flow cause the pipes to weaken and eventually break. Burst pipes can be extremely costly to fix, which is why it is better and most cost-effective to treat the water hammer than leave it untreated.
Burst pipes aren’t the only problem homeowners have to worry about. Structural damage can occur as a result of water hammer. All the banging and vibrations caused by the hammering can result in movement of the pipes. If the pipes move too much, it could cause holes or cracks to form in the walls of a home.