White Paper | November 4, 2009

8 Ways To Eliminate Water Hammer

Source: BakerCorp
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What is water hammer, and what is really happening during the water hammer effect? If untreated, water hammer can be dangerous to water treatment plants, as it can cause severe damage, including burst pipes or system failure for treatment stations. Download this white paper to learn what water hammer is, uncover its causes, and learn the steps necessary to reduce or eliminate it.


Water hammer is a commonly used term in water treatment facilities, but not everyone knows exactly what it is, why it occurs, or how to fix it. Also known as hydraulic shock, water hammer is defined as the momentary increase in pressure inside a pipe. The increase in pressure is caused by a sudden change of direction or velocity of the liquid in the pipe. Additional causes include rapid pump startup or shutdown as well as movement of air pockets within the pipe.

Water hammer causes problems from noise and vibration to pipe collapse and total system failure. This white paper outlines not only all the causes of water hammer, but also provides eight steps on how to combat it — from using a pipe with a higher pressure rating to using slow-closing valves. Download now to protect yourself from water hammer. 

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