What You Can Do About Loud Pipes

Posted on: July 11th, 2011 by zach

Q: When my washing machine shuts off abruptly, the water supply pipes make a loud banging noise. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

A: Water hammer (the noise you’ve described) occurs because the water in the pipes slams to a stop, causing a shock wave and a hammering noise. It’s not only annoying but also destructive to the pipes.

You can minimize or eliminate water hammer by installing air chambers dead-end pieces of pipe. Most washing machine manufacturers recommend extra-long chambers—up to 24 inches—to provide added cushion for abrupt turnoffs.

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