Understanding Water Backflow Testing
Water backflow occurs when dirt and other contaminants get into your water supply because of water that is flowing in the opposite direction. When you get dirt or chemicals into your water pipes, your family could have serious health side effects. The best way to ensure that you don’t have water backflow in your home is through backflow testing. You can have the tests done every year or two and give your family the clean drinking water they need to remain healthy and hydrated.
Two Types Of Backflow
There are two main types of backflow that can occur in your house. The first is known as back siphonage. When the water pressure on your supply side drops, creating a negative pressure in the supply pipe, it’s like a vacuum. That can create the unwanted reversal of the water. This is often something that results from a water main break, but it can happen at other times as well. The second type is backpressure. This happens when the pressure in a pipe that is downstream rises above supply pressures. The downstream contaminants are pushed back up and into the potable water supply.
The Testing Process
Experienced technicians come to your house to do water backflow testing. They will check the valves on your pipes to make sure they have the right pressure levels and that you won’t get water backflow from them. They can also use specialized devices to monitor water pressure so you have the peace of mind that water backflow is not, and won’t, occur within your plumbing system.
Repairs When Necessary
After water backflow testing is done, it’s possible that the plumbers will find a backflow issue, or something that needs to be addressed before backflow occurs. They can identify the problem and then repair it before backflow becomes a danger to your home. Small repairs can save you from major problems later on. And if something minor keeps your family healthy in the long-run, it’s well worth the effort.
Preventing Water Backflow With Regular Service
Just like you have your HVAC system checked out for efficiency and effectiveness on a regular basis, your plumbing needs maintenance inspections as well. When you have a professional come over to check out your pipes and fixtures, they will also ensure that water backflow isn’t something that is occurring. If there are any small problems, they can repair them before the backflow occurs. That can save you a lot of money and allow you to have peace of mind about the water you are using for your family.
Finding Water Backflow Testing Services
If it’s been awhile since you had a plumbing service and you are worried about water backflow, you can find the testing services you need from Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re here to help with the testing, repairs, and prevention services that are important for your house. Don’t wait until water backflow makes someone in your family sick. Prevent the issue from ever happening in your house with proactive maintenance checks.