How to Know It’s Time for Backflow Repair

June 18, 2021

Many homeowners have never seen or heard of a backflow device. This is because these devices are usually only found in commercial buildings, multi-family homes or single homes with irrigation systems. Often situated in part of your building’s water pipes, backflow devices are essential in preventing the contamination of drinking water. They do so by only allowing the water to flow in one direction.

If there’s an issue with your backflow device, the water in your building may come out brown or yellow. Since discolored water is often a sign of contamination, it’s important to have your backflow device repaired right away. Read on to learn about all the signs that it’s time to call for backflow device repair:

  • Discolored water: As mentioned above, one of the most common signs that you need a backflow repair is the appearance of discolored water. This discolored water may come from your sinks or toilets and can appear yellow, brown or pink. Consumption of this water could result in any number of issues, including stomach problems and dehydration. If you notice discolored water, contact a plumber right away to help avoid any of your housemates or employees getting sick.
  • Rust or other materials in the water: Seeing rust in the water supply is never a good sign. Sometimes, rust in your water supply signals issues with your water heater or pipes. If the issue is with your backflow device, however, you may need to replace it. While the presence of rust in your water supply may not cause any health issues, it doesn’t look great.
  • Backflow valve leaks: If you know the location of your backflow valve, check it for leaks from time to time. Leaks from a backflow valve could cause water damage, the growth of mold and even flooding in extreme situations. Once you notice the leak, contact a plumber as soon as possible. This will prevent your small problem from getting much worse.
  • Strange smells: You should never ignore strange smells coming from your water supply. Common odors that may signal an issue with your plumbing system include those of sulfur, sewage, bleach and rotten eggs. One of the sources for any of these strange odors might be a broken backflow device. As mentioned above, a broken backflow device may allow contamination of your water supply. This contamination may be the source of those strange smells.
  • Drainage issues: As with most of the problems mentioned on this list, there are a number of things that could cause drainage issues. The best way to determine if your backflow device is causing your drainage issues is by contacting a reputable plumber in your area.

If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumbing service. When left untreated, the issues with your backflow device will only get worse. Backflow device repairs are generally a straightforward process when working with a reputable company.

Contact the experts at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. today to take care of all your backflow repair needs.

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