If you’re concerned about your home’s backflow preventer in Huntington, TX, we can help. At Nacogdoches Sheet Metal, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LTD., we offer experienced backflow testing for local homeowners. Preventing backflow issues is very important. In plumbing, backflow is a term that’s used to describe unwanted water flowing in the reverse direction.
It’s something that can end up being a serious health risk because of the contamination of freshwater supplies with dirty water. That’s why most building codes require a series of backflow prevention devices and measures for the purpose of preventing backflow.
Need For a Backflow Preventer
You may need backflow testing if you find that your water tastes bad, is discolored, has a bad sulfur smell, flows slowly, is interrupted, and/or has visible sediment or rust particles present. Backflow is generally caused by cross-connections with the potential to allow contaminants to enter a drinking water system. This back siphonage occurs when a tank or water trough’s pressure becomes lower than the pressure of the water system. This can allow an influx of contaminated water into a system.
It’s different from a blockage, which just stops the wastewater flow down your pipes. Backflow entails the active movement of the wastewater upward into a freshwater supply. This happens when there is either a drop in fresh water side pressure or excess pressure on the sewer side.
A backflow prevention system is a device that we install onto a pipe that will only let your water flow in one direction. It’s like a one-way gate allowing the water that comes from the water supply to start flowing into your home’s piping while stopping water if/when it’s trying to flow backward into your main water supply. They’re usually designed to last for decades.
However, there are a number of reasons why a backflow preventer might fail and need repair or replacement, including:
- Excessive pressure
- Regional conditions
- Water temperature
- Water quality
- Water turbidity
Backflow Testing in Huntington
At Nacogdoches Sheet Metal, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LTD., we can help you with preventing backflow via a pressure vacuum breaker assembly, spill-resistant vacuum breakers, double check valves, or a reduced pressure principle backflow assembly. We’re proud to serve the good people of Huntington, the gateway to Lake Sam Rayburn. We’ve been in business since the 1940s and employ an average of 45 employees. Our plumbers are highly-trained and knowledgeable in all areas of plumbing repairs and replacements, so you know you’re in good hands.