Thudding water pipes


Postby GAB1979 » Fri May 01, 2009 1:37 pm

Please help... I've recently moved into a house and only just discovered that, when i turn the taps off quickly or when the washing machine lets in and shuts off water, a large thudding sound echo's through the pipes, the water pressure is'nt effected in any way its just becoming a nuisance...... please help,

Many thanks.
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Postby Steve the gas » Sat May 02, 2009 4:18 am

Hi,
Follow the route of the pipes if poss and make sure they are clipped regularly.
Also/ or insulate the pipes with split insulation for pipes.

Hth
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Postby rosebery » Sat May 02, 2009 7:57 am

You have water hammer. It may be only a nuisance now but if its bad enough sooner or later it WILL damage your system leading to joint failure and water flowing where it should not be.

Solutions:

1. Reduce the flow by partially closing your main stop cock.

2. Clip the pipes where they are unclipped.

3. Change the valves causing the problem.

4. Fit a water hammer arrestor.

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