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Backflow: More Terrifying Than Any Movie Monster

Learn About the Dangers of Backflow

Backflow (when water flows backward into the house from the sewer system) is normally prevented by regular checks and valve installation in the plumbing system. However, backflow can still happen. All homeowners need to be aware of how dangerous this situation can be so that they will know what to do in the event it occurs. With how dangerous backflow can be, this information is incredibly important.

The Dangers Associated With Backflow

The most common risk comes from the potential of contaminated drinking water. In some cases, it can be like drinking directly out of the toilet. Diseases like giardia can happen in the blink of an eye, sickening everyone in the home before a backflow has even been diagnosed. Not only are these diseases uncomfortable, with a wide variety of them causing major gastrointestinal symptoms, they can also be deadly. This is especially true if there are younger people in the house or those with lowered immune systems.

Don’t take chances when it comes to backflow. Have regular testing performed, and give a plumber a call at the first sign of trouble to avoid the potential dangers. It may be literally lifesaving.

Signs of backflow include a change in water color (brown, yellow, or pink), a sulfur odor or bad taste to the water, or drains that drain different in different areas of the home.

Backflow Can Leave a Messy Headache

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No one wants water flowing into their home unexpectedly. That, in and of itself, is a huge, expensive mess in the best of situations. 

However, with backflow, that mess also is infused with human sewage. That means that, even after the clean-up is done, an odor may remain that can be hard to get rid of. This usually ends up with homeowners needing to replace carpeting, hardwood flooring, and even furniture. Nobody wants to have to clean up other people’s waste from their carpets. 

In general, though, flooding in the home is a massive pain that no one really wants to deal with. Whether that is a burst pipe, backflow, or just a slow, persistent leak from under the sink, having regular maintenance performed on the plumbing system can often help prevent issues before they start. 

Backflow Testing a Homeowners Best Defense 

Obviously, with all of the dangers associated with backflow, regular, effective testing becomes incredibly important. Backflow testing can catch problems before they become larger issues, keeping everyone in the home safe. It is recommended at least once a year, more frequently if problems are suspected.

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Plumbers do this by checking the backflow valve to ensure that it is in good working order. They also check the system for appropriate pressurization, and each part will be checked separately. In some areas, these checks are recommended for safety and are even made mandatory (with an official certification needed) by the local government. During these checks, plumbers will also check the health and safety of the entire system. 

Ultimately, though, backflow testing provides the homeowner with the peace of mind they need to rest comfortably at night, even during the spookiest time of year. It also protects the entire neighborhood.

About S and J Plumbing

S and J Plumbing, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, offers full-service honest, and professional service. They offer 24/7 emergency service with upfront pricing and zero upselling. They always perform services with quality workmanship and no surprises. Contact them for all Arlington Heights, IL backflow testing and certification needs.