Backflow is a serious problem that requires immediate and professional attention. Backflow is when you have water running in the opposite direction than what is intended. For example, instead of water flowing from your toilet to your sewer, you will have water flowing into your toilet from your sewer. There are a few different reasons this may occur. The top two reasons are water pressure issues and a faulty backflow prevention device. The main thing homeowners want to know is how to prevent backflow issues. Below are some ways you can help to prevent this serious issue from occurring.
- Change filters often so that there is no chance for a buildup of harmful bacteria.
- Appliances should have an air gap when installed.
- Garden hoses should have a backflow prevention device.
- Don’t allow garden hoses to create puddles.
If you do find that you are having backflow issues, there are several types of devices that you can choose from to help fix this problem. Some of these devices are listed below.
- Pressure vacuum breaker
- Air gap
- Reduced pressure zone device
- Double check valve
We cannot recommend enough how important it is to have a professional assess your water flow and potential backflow issues. If you find that you need a backflow prevention device, then having one professionally installed is also important. Here at Carolina Plumbing & Repair, we have 40 years of experience in the business. We are here to answer all of your questions, assess any of your concerns, and work hard to properly mitigate the problem.