Backflow refers to any situation in which water in your home plumbing flows in the opposite direction of what the system was designed for. Backflow is a serious problem that can affect the health of your family by causing toxic agents to enter your drinking water supply. While proper protection from backflow is a requirement in the building codes of many municipalities, not all homes have appropriate backflow prevention devices installed. If you suspect your home is at risk, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse today for a comprehensive analysis.
Causes of Backflow in Residential Plumbing Systems
Backflow is caused by a crossed connection in your plumbing which leads to either of the following conditions:
- Back pressure is when water entering your home has a lower pressure than that already in your plumbing.
- Back siphonage occurs when the pressure of water entering your home is higher than that of the water in your system.
In both cases, this pressure difference creates a siphoning effect which causes clean and contaminated water supplies to mix. This means water from toilets, shower runoff, garbage disposal waste and even pesticides with a garden hose attachment can enter your drinking water.
Backflow Prevention Devices
Most building codes specify that backflow prevention devices are installed in any areas where the potential for cross-connection exists. Some of the home appliances that commonly require backflow prevention devices include the following:
- Garbage Disposals
- Faucets with Hose Attachments
- Lawn Irrigation Systems
Many older homes may not have proper backflow prevention devices in place. Furthermore, different hazards may require different levels of protection. If you suspect your home does not have proper prevention devices in place, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today — often the effects of backflow may not be noticeable on a day-to-day basis, but can cause serious health problems over time.
Why Mr. Rooter Plumbing?
Residents of Syracuse, Auburn, Liverpool and Manlius have been trusting Mr. Rooter Plumbing with preventing backflow in their homes for years. Our team of licensed technicians is certified by Onondaga County for plumbing repairs or any other plumbing-related project. We offer 24-hour service that meets your schedule and fair pricing on all projects. We can assess your current plumbing system and determine whether or not additional backflow prevention devices need to be installed. Our technicians will thoroughly explain any non-compliance issues and go over your options for bringing your plumbing up to code.
Backflow prevention is serious business — don't leave it to anyone but the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing!