Backflow Testing & Prevention From All American Home Services
Your health depends on the purity of your potable water, so inverted siphonage can be catastrophic to your health. Backflow occurs when your pipes carry sewage or stormwater into your potable water sources. This introduces E. coli, heavy metals, and other contaminants into your drinking water. The symptoms change with the contaminant being consumed, varying from nausea and headaches to aches and dehydration.
Backflow happens when negative pressure causes a vacuum, drawing polluted water into your potable supply. All American Home Services offers a backflow testing service to deal with this common issue. Our Tampa plumbing team offers a comprehensive backflow prevention strategy that relies on the most reliable tools on the market today.
What Is Backflow?
Your plumbing relies on the correct direction of water flow, secured by a network of complex valves, pressure, and drainage. When that flow reverses, gray and black water can enter your clean water supply. Backflow can be caused by:
- Backpressure: Pressure within your pipes may push water or gas in the wrong direction. This can happen if your water heater lacks the correct number of outlets and vents. As pressure increases, water flow is reversed.
- Back-siphonage: Negative pressure can occur when your sink or toilet breaks. Municipal water cut-offs can also cause back-siphonage.
- Sewer pipe damage: Your sewer pipes erode with everyday wear and tear, so when they aren’t maintained, fluid from your toilets and drains can reverse into your drinking water.
Tampa’s infrastructure dates to the early 1900s, so backflow is a common problem in the area. The city has 500 miles of old pipe that must be replaced in the next few decades, but until that happens, residents must wrestle with backflow problems.
Where Are Backflow Preventers Used?
Backflow preventer valves preserve clean drinking water by blocking reverse flow and distributing sanitary water between your mains and water lines. There are several ways to achieve that. Double check valves overcome the consequences of sudden water pressure changes. They also use a secondary check valve when the first becomes jammed. Reduced pressure zones have a similar effect, but they’re engineered to release contaminated water. They’re ideal for areas that are prone to pesticides and toxins. Pressure vacuum breakers achieve the same effect for your sprinkler systems.
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Backflow Testing in Tampa
Tampa’s governmental water management team suggests backflow prevention and testing for all properties connected to reclaimed and potable water supplies. Commercial properties should perform annual backflow testing, and residential zones require biannual checks.
Backflow testing is performed by opening and closing valves on a backflow prevention device. This detects whether water is flowing backward through the system. It also tests whether the valves are still moving efficiently and sustaining the correct pressure. You can only identify backflow by performing a test, so all homes and businesses require regular testing.
The contaminants introduced by backflow can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, and respiratory symptoms, but the signs aren’t always immediately apparent. Symptoms caused by heavy metals can take years to develop. This problem doesn’t limit its effects on your health. It can also cause valve problems that lead to flooding. The ultimate chaos will cause sagging beams, rotting wood, and other structural damage. Your home’s resale value will decline in tandem.
Why Choose All American Home Services?
All American Home Services offers only exemplary workmanship and service excellence. Our plumbers are certified and heavily trained, always focusing on finding the best solution for your needs. Our emergency repair team is on hand around the clock, so we’re a one-stop shop throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions About Backflow Testing & Prevention
We’ll need to repair your backflow prevention mechanisms if we detect backflow. After that, a re-test will be performed to ensure your water is safe to drink.
Backflow can cause obvious symptoms like discolored, odorous water, but it can also interrupt your water pressure. Sometimes, backflow is too subtle to detect without equipment.
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