by Brianna Crandall — February 28, 2018 — Oatey Co., manufacturer and distributor of commercial and residential plumbing products around the world since 1916, has just announced the launch of Quiet Pipes Water Hammer Arrestors, servicing a full range of commercial and residential applications. Quiet Pipes is designed to help solve current and potential water hammer problems by absorbing the water shock in a plumbing system when a valve is closed abruptly.
“Water hammer” is the persistent clanking, banging and pounding in pipes behind the wall that frequently happens in residential and commercial buildings, explains Oatey. Water hammer can occur when flushing a toilet, turning on or off a water valve, or even with the changing of cycles in a washing machine. The waves caused by the change in water flow create a noise within the piping system.
Left untreated, water hammer can harm different parts of the plumbing system including pipe supports, faucets, valves and even water heaters, points out the company. In addition, the noise can obviously disturb building occupants such as office workers, students or hospital patients.
Oatey’s Quiet Pipes includes a polypropylene piston design with two NBR O-rings within the chamber to help absorb the water shock in the system. With Quiet Pipes, when a valve on a water line is closed abruptly, the water moves into the pressurized chamber and the shock is absorbed. Once the water flow comes out of the chamber, it is dissipated to the rest of the water line, preventing clanking or banging.
Quiet Pipes offers a wide range of connection types and is compliant with commercial and residential code requirements. It provides solutions for many applications including multi-fixtures in hospitals, multifamily and hospitality, to single fixtures in single-family dwellings. Quiet Pipes Water Hammer Arrestors are listed and approved for installation with no access panel required, and carry a limited warranty.
For more information about Quiet Pipes Water Hammer Arrestors or where to purchase them, visit the Oatey.com Web site or your local dealer.