Category Archive: Water Hammer

What Is Water Hammer?

Water hammer is a shockwave that moves through the fluid (liquid) contained in a piping system. This shockwave occurs when a fluid already in motion is suddenly stopped, ceasing to move through the pipe. The abrupt stop creates a pressure surge that moves through the fluid, affecting everything within the closed pipe system. Though the […]

Water Hammer Q&A

Water hammer, the generation of high-pressure shock waves formed as a result of liquid in motion suddenly stopping or changing direction, is one of the leading causes of damaged check valves and damaged pumps. Often occurring either when a valve closes suddenly at the end of a pipeline system, or a pump is suddenly shut […]