How to Eliminate a Water Hammer After Flushing a Toilet

Water hammer can cause serious damage to plumbing fixtures.
Water hammer can cause serious damage to plumbing fixtures. (Image: faucet image by Lynne Davis from

New quick-closing toilet fill valves can cause water hammer situations in many plumbing systems. Ways to eliminate water hammer after flushing a toilet include installing a permanent water hammer arrestor at the toilet supply, installing a whole house bladder tank at the water heater or individual fixture arrestors in several locations throughout the home. Installing a small, pressure-absorbing bladder tank on the cold water supply of the home’s water heater is the best solution. Installing the tank will require some plumbing skill. The experienced do-it-yourselfer should have no problem with the pipe connects required.

Things You'll Need

  • Tubing cutter
  • Emery cloth
  • Flux
  • Acid brush
  • Copper fittings
  • Bladder tank
  • Thread tape

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Turn the main water supply off to the water heater, either at its individual fixture cut-off or at the main house supply.

Cut the copper supply pipe with tubing cutters in a horizontal location. Sand the pipe ends and fittings with emery cloth. Coat the outside of the pipe and inside of the fittings with flux; use a small acid brush. Install a tee fitting facing up. Cut a 2-inch piece of copper pipe and insert it into the top of the tee, and then slip on a female adaptor. Solder all the joints with a torch and lead-free solder. Wipe the joints clean with a rag and allow them to cool.

Wrap thread tape around the male threads of the pressure tank several time to insure a watertight connection.

Screw the tank onto the fitting by hand.

Turn the water back on and check for leaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always install the tank between the fixture cut-off and water heater.
  • Installing the tank vertically is always the best choice.
  • The bladder tank should be preset to an adequate pressure; however, adjustments my need to be made.
  • Not following the manufacturer's instruction could cause personal injury and property damage.


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