What is the purpose of air chamber in water line?

Air chambers are vertical pipes that regulate pressure and prevent water from forming waves in the supply pipes. If you don't have them, which is unlikely unless your plumbing is very old, ask a professional to install them at key points in your system to eliminate the waves that cause water hammers. Air chambers are small lengths of pipe that are mounted in water pipes, close to a fitting. They are made to stop hydraulic shock, also known as water hammer.

The air in the chamber compresses and absorbs the impact of water that moves sharply in the pipes. All of this happens when a device shuts off the water quickly. Years ago, water hammer suppressors consisted of air chambers that were a vertically installed, air-filled piece of plugged pipe. The air offers the cushion to take that water hammer.

Because air is water soluble, over time these air chambers would eventually flood, since all the air would be absorbed by water. Once flooded, the bladder is no longer an air chamber, but a water chamber and will no longer absorb the pressure of the water hammer. Remove the plumbing fixture where the water hammer is taking place. Trim the drywall around the water supply valves to access the wall pipes.

Loosen the water supply valve coupler with an adjustable wrench, and then slide the valve, ferrule, and coupler out of the copper tubing. Cut an 18-inch copper pipe that matches the diameter of the copper pipe in the wall with a pipe cutter. Clean the burrs on each end of the pipe, and then apply flux to one end of the copper pipe and to the inside of a copper cap of the same diameter as the pipe. Weld the cap to the pipe with welding wire and the torch.

A water hammer suppressor works much like an old-style bladder, but includes a chamber filled with air or gas that is sealed by a diaphragm or piston.

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