Whenever you turn on and off the water in your sink, the pressure inside of the pipes changes quickly. All that water that was flowing before is now brought to an abrupt standstill. What happens when you do this? Some homeowners hear the result when they have an issue called a water hammer. The noise generated when the water bangs against the walls of their pipes is not just a harmless sound. It could do damage to your pipes over time. This is why there is a device called an air chamber that is meant to prevent it from happening. It is a simple design, but it will allow the pressure to be released without any ill effect. Unfortunately, there are some situations in which the air chamber stops working properly, usually when it fills up with water. To fix this, all you need to do is turn off the main water supply and open up all the faucets in your home. This will let the air chamber drain and get back to work protecting your pipes.

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