Backflow is a serious and dangerous situation that can happen in any plumbing system. This is why we take this matter so seriously in the Summerville and Charleston, SC area. Our experienced technicians have been trained and are knowledgeable in the field, and can help you navigate replacing and installing the backflow prevention equipment you need. Delk Plumbing, Inc. has been the trusted plumber in this area for decades and can help ensure you always have peace of mind in the midst of an emergency.
Just as backflow testing is important, so is drain cleaning. At Delk Plumbing, Inc. we are ready to assist you with either issue. Give us a call today.
What Is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when the natural flow of water in your pipes is reversed, which will cause your drainage system to move in the opposite direction. When this happens, wastewater can mix in with your main water supply causing contaminated water to come out of your faucets.
Most states and cities have their own laws regulating backflow. For the most part, however, the backflow device will need to be tested and results posted with the governing board of water in your area. This is to ensure that all freshwater remains uncontaminated. When wastewater makes its way into the main water supply, it can also affect your irrigation system and other water systems causing widespread illness.
How Is Backflow Testing Done?
The testing of backflow equipment is required in all states and cities. If your system is not up to par, Delk Plumbing, Inc. is equipped to repair or reinstall a new system that will ensure your water remains fresh and healthy.
Take a look at the procedure for backflow testing below:
- The water will be turned off.
- The backflow devices are located, identified, and recorded.
- The flow direction is also noted and recorded.
- Test cocks are numbered, plus the blend of debris. Also, any adapters are assembled.
- Once the downstream flow has been stopped, the test kit hoses are attached.
- If water leaves the valve after this point, it must be cleaned again and the test done again.
- Tests and inspections are done on all machinery to ensure it is working properly.
In general, the technicians performing the test will manipulate the water to test its resistance to flow in the wrong direction. If the test is not successful, our plumbing contractors can repair your existing backwater valve or install a new one.
Damaged or old plumbing is more susceptible to backflow issues. Be sure to ask about our whole home repiping services to enjoy peace of mind and top-quality plumbing performance.
How Backflow Prevention Devices Work
Few things are more important than prevention, which is why our expert staff can help protect your home from the dangers of backflow with a backflow prevention device. These systems are based on pressure. When your plumbing is flowing as it should, the device is held open by the pressure. Anytime that pressure drops or the flow of water is reversed, the valve essentially closes, preventing any contaminated water from making its way into your plumbing system.
Once the flow of water is back to normal and there’s no sign of contamination, the backwater valve can be opened again, restoring the flow of water to your home. The safety of all residents in the Summerville and Charleston, SC communities is our number one priority. We have been a reliable part of the district for decades and have won the best plumber five years and running in the town of Summerville.