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Is Your Backflow Preventer Working?

Backflow prevention is a key aspect of plumbing as we know it. In order to safely utilize your plumbing system without cross-contamination between your wastewater and your clean water, there has to be some sort of device that stops this from happening. If you’re the owner of a backflow preventer, you probably already know where we’re going with this.

A backflow preventer is a device that can stop water from flowing in the direction you don’t want it to flow in. As the name implies, a flow of wastewater traveling backwards is never a good thing that a homeowner should have to deal with. That’s why a backflow preventer is installed in your home to protect your plumbing in Champaign, IL from this problem.

However, how do you know if your backflow prevention device is working properly? Well, with backflow testing services that we offer!

How Does Backflow Testing Work?

When it comes to backflow prevention, the most important aspect we plumbers have to think about is pressure. Backflow is initially caused when the pressure of your water system is more intense than the pressure of the supply reserve. In plain English, this means the water pressure of your wastewater is stronger than the pressure of your incoming water. So, without a backflow prevention system working in place, your wastewater will surge back into your home and contaminate your incoming clean water. This can be devastating to your plumbing and a serious health concern to your family.

Backflow testing measures the pressure of your water as well as other key factors in seeing whether or not your backflow preventer is working as intended.

  • Measure pressure. If the pressure of your water is irregular, it could be a major sign to us that your backflow preventer is not working, since higher or irregular water pressure means contaminated water could be coming back into your home.
  • Test water quality. An easy way to tell if your backflow preventer isn’t working is simply by testing the quality of your water. Any contaminants, foul odors, or unhealthy aspects of your water could be from a failed backflow preventer and contamination in your water supply.

Take note that there are several other aspects to backflow testing, and only a team that’s certified in this type of work can do it with 100% certainty.

What Can Be Done?

So, if your backflow preventer is running into issues stopping water contamination, there are a few additional things that can be done.

  • Utilize non-return valves. Non-return valves are simply plumbing mechanisms that exist to allow water to flow in one direction but not the other. The moment the device can tell that water is flowing in the opposite direction, it shuts itself off from the incoming water supply, effectively halting contamination.
  • Pipe inspection. Having a team inspect your pipes could be a good way to see where a fix might be applicable. If your pressure or sewage system is causing extra strain on your backflow preventer, perhaps there’s another issue at play that we can repair.

Either way, contact the professionals like our team for expert backflow prevention service.

Call the team at Pipeworks Inc. We can handle your backflow prevention needs.

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