Why You Need Backflow Prevention Services

Have you ever found foul-smelling water bubbling up from your drains? If so, you have a backflow problem. Backflow is a common problem, caused by a pressure imbalance in the sewer system. Beyond simply being disgusting, it also poses a health hazard for those in the home. Read on to find out more about backflow, and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

What Causes Backflow?

As previously mentioned, backflow is caused by irregular pressure in the sewer system. Normally, a balance exists between the plumbing system and the sewer system. This balance keeps water flowing in one direction, from your plumbing system through your sewer system and out of the house. Backflow occurs when that pressure balance is disrupted, either through a spike in the sewer line or a sudden weakening of pressure in the plumbing system. This causes sewer water to flow back up into the home, and out of your drains.

The biggest issue caused by backflow is that it can contaminate pipes that are only supposed to carry fresh water. This means that after backflow occurs, it really isn’t safe to use your plumbing system until you have the entire thing cleaned out.

What to Do About It

Backflow is a common enough problem that many cities require that backflow prevention devices be installed in all homes. If you don’t have a backflow prevention device yet, get one installed right away. The most common type of prevention device is a one-way valve that closes if the pressure in the sewer line changes or reverses. This will be enough to protect your home.

If you already have a backflow prevention device, you should schedule maintenance for it at least once a year to make sure it is working properly. There isn’t much point to having one if it fails when you need it most.

If you need backflow prevention services, call Tim Beil Plumbing. We offer backflow prevention services throughout Northampton, PA.