Chances are that your home’s plumbing is already equipped with some type of backflow prevention device. Most municipal codes require them and it’s a plumbing best-practice to install them. However, not all homes have these devices, and some of them become ineffective at preventing backflow issues as they age or become damaged.
When your plumbing is working correctly, clean water flows to your home through city water lines. Backflow occurs when dirty water flows through these water lines. The two types of backflow are:
- Back pressure: When a downstream pressure pushes dirty water into the clean water pipes and overpowers upstream pressure.
- Back siphonage: When pressure pulls dirty water into the clean water pipes due to negative pressure.
This is a huge issue because dirty water often contains feces, chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful contaminants.
Devices for preventing backflow issues
Backflow prevention devices are simply mechanical valves that stop dirty water from entering the clean water supply when the water pressure changes. These devices keep drinking water free of harmful materials if they are installed and maintained by plumbing professionals.
Common causes of backflow issues
Backflow problems usually happen because of pressure problems. Your plumbing system operates on a certain amount of pressure. If there is an imbalance on the outgoing or supply side, backflow can occur. Another reason for backflow is when your backflow device develops a leak or breaks. A malfunctioning backflow preventer is usually due to poor installation or inadequate maintenance.
Inspections and tests
The best way to prevent backflow problems is by getting them regularly inspected by our experienced plumbers. Here at Air Control Home Services, we want to keep your water safe to consume and ensure your plumbing is in compliance with municipal codes. If you experience a backflow problem, your clean water supply may be interrupted.
Call in the pros for help with backflow issues
The plumbers at Air Control Home Services provide backflow repairs, testing, installation, and certification. During our inspection, we’ll determine whether maintenance or replacement is necessary.
Schedule your backflow inspection today and rely on us to keep your house and water safe. Additionally, Air Control Home Services can assist you with various plumbing services, including water heater repair, leak detection, pipe repair, and drain cleaning. To schedule your plumbing inspection, call us today!