October 31, 2023
Your plumbing is designed to move in one direction—down. As you can imagine, when water flows back up your pipes, sanitation becomes a main concern. If there is an abrupt shift in pressure within your pipes, water will flow back up through your piping. This contaminates your water supply, as backflow brings wastewater from your bath, shower, and toilet, back into your home.
Installing this device requires access to the sewer line, as well as specialized training. If it is improperly installed, the device could not only fail to protect against backflow, but it could also impede the proper flow of water. If you want to properly protect your home against backflow, you should trust us to handle your device installation for you. Backflow prevention devices also need to be checked annually. Waste can build up on the valve over time, causing it to become stuck in the open or closed position. Annual maintenance ensures that the device is working properly and is free of obstruction
Have you ever turned on your faucet and been met with foul-smelling, brown water? That’s backflow. And, that’s a huge problem. When you have backflow, your water is moving in the opposite direction from which it should. This causes contamination and significantly jeopardizes the integrity of your plumbing, and your home. Here are the main signs you have a backflow problem in your home:
If you notice a strong sulfurous smell in your house, your plumbing is probably in trouble. Severe backflow will result in a prominent stench, that lingers.
If your water starts to look like coca-cola, you have a backflow situation on your hands as well. When your water shifts from clear to brown, it is no longer sanitary to drink. Backflow water contains human waste and other toxic chemicals that are not meant to be ingested.
If you notice uneven water levels in multiple drains, backflow is responsible. For example, if your toilet water rises when you wash your hands in your bathroom sink, contact a professional plumber immediately. Your water is not flowing properly!
When you install a backflow prevention device, you will no longer have to worry about potential water contamination. A one-way valve automatically shuts off water flow when uneven pressure is detected, so sewage cannot come back up your pipes or into your water supply. Your water will be safe and clean, so you can kick back and relax.
Your water will return to a normal color with a backflow prevention device. The only thing you will have to look out for is scheduling your annual backflow maintenance. Over time, waste can build-up around the valve causing it to malfunction; however, with regular maintenance, this is highly unlikely. With annual maintenance, your device will work efficiently to protect you and your family from backflow.
After a backflow incident, your home will need professional cleaning. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on cleaning fees and potential water damage restoration, invest in a backflow prevention device and avoid the mess in the first place!
Ensure your home has clean drinking water with backflow prevention device installation, repair, or maintenance. Contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at (647) 546-2635, today and say bye-bye to backflow.