Signs You Need Backflow Repair

April 23, 2020

Backflow devices are a crucial part of many types of plumbing systems, particularly if there is an attached irrigation system, and yet they often go unnoticed or unmaintained. You’ll generally find these devices in commercial business properties and multifamily residences. If you have a backflow device in your plumbing system, it’s important that you pay close attention to signs of any issues related to the use of the device that could be indicative of a need for backflow repair in Coweta County, GA. Otherwise, you run the risk of having contaminated water.

Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.

What do I need to be worried about with water contamination?

A backflow device prevents unwanted, dirty water from coming back in and contaminating a clean water system. This dirty water might be contaminated with pesticides, chemicals, human waste or food waste. When it flows in the reverse direction and gets back into clean water, there could be a significant health risk to the occupants of your home or business.

So, what causes water to flow back in the opposite direction? In general, this will relate to water pressure. Either there is increased flow farther down the water system, or decreased flow somewhere in your home. Back pressure is when water flows in the opposite direction, whereas back siphonage is when the pressure in the water supply is lower than the pressure in your plumbing system. The latter may occur in circumstances in which there’s a water main break, or if there are firefighters using a nearby hydrant.

How do I know if I need backflow repair?

Once you know the signs of water contamination, then it becomes easier to determine if you need to get a plumber out to your property to take a closer look at your backflow. Some specific red flags to watch for include the following:

  • The water may appear discolored, usually having either a brownish or yellowish tint. In some cases there may even be a pink color, depending on the type of pipes and the nature of your local water.
  • The water may have a bad sulfur (or rotten eggs) smell to it.
  • You may suddenly have slow or interrupted water flow when this was not previously an issue.
  • You may notice the presence of sediment or particles of rust or minerals in your water.
  • The water may have a bad taste to match its bad smell, or at the very least, a noticeably different taste than it has in normal circumstances.
  • The drains might be operating more slowly than before, or you may have increased or decreased levels of water in drains around your home.

These are just a few examples of some of the biggest issues related to backflow in plumbing systems at residential and commercial sites. If you’re interested in learning more about the process of backflow repair in Coweta County, GA, we encourage you to contact Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. today. We’d be glad to answer any questions you have about our service offerings.

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