Steam Condensate Management
Water hammer is a troublesome but commonly-occurring issue that can plague a steam system. The most obvious symptom is the hammer-like noise it creates, but, when left unchecked, water hammer can cause serious damage to vents, traps, regulators, and piping. There are two types of water hammer. The most common type is usually due to an accumulation of condensate trapped in a portion of horizontal piping. Steam picks up the resulting water “slug” and hurls it into the nearest pipe fitting at high velocity. The second type is caused by a steam bubble forming or being pushed into a wet return line or pump discharge piping. When the bubble cools, it implodes with great force. Other main causes are improperly dripped mains and faulty steam traps. The causes of water hammer are often difficult to identify, so it is oftentimes tolerated, considered to be more of a nuisance than a problem. But when left unchecked, water hammer can result in costly repairs.
An experienced steam professional can identify the causes of water hammer and resolve the issue. Contact MSC at 973-884-5000 if you are experiencing water hammer, or if you have any questions.
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