Backflow is potentially a big problem with your plumbing, but you can take steps to prevent it from happening to save you time, headache, and a big mess.
When it comes to your plumbing, the water entering your home needs to be a one-way flow only. Backflow happens when it isn’t. Your fresh water supply can become contaminated when this backflow occurs. Basically, the normal water pressure in your system unexpectedly goes down and the flow of water goes in reverse. This sucks unclean water from any source cross-connected to the system that provides the clean water into your water supply. Some sources of backflow water can be toilet tanks, dishwashers, washing machines, even swimming pools and sprinkler systems. In short, backflow can be big trouble.
The most common cause of backflow is a broken water main. It happens anytime a large amount of water pressure is taken back from your system and drawn into another, thus becoming contaminated. The number one thing to help you with this is to schedule an annual backflow inspection to root out any possible future starting points for contamination of your water. A few other ways to help prevent backflow include:
- Proper Installment: Toilets are the most common issue with improper installment and backflow. If a toilet is not installed properly, backflow can become an issue.
- Hose Bib: A hose bib backflow preventer safeguards a single outlet similar to that of an outdoor waterspout.
- Pressure Type Vacuum Breakers: These continually sense the pressure in the system and are usually installed in the pipe that supplies sprinklers. If the pressure in the system swiftly goes down below the air pressure entering an inlet above the ground, a check valve will close and prevent backflow.
There are some simple methods to prevent backflow, but in severe cases your home could face some serious threats to your water and health. If you need more information, backflow prevention, or are facing plumbing problems and need help now, contact Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning today at 704-873-1749.