If you’ve ever noticed water flowing back up through your drains, you might assume you have a clogged pipe or drain. This is a relatively easy assumption to make. However, if you’ve ever looked at your bathtub and noticed a grimy ring that indicates it held waste water, which your bathtub should not ever contain, it may be indicative of a bigger problem. A pipe backup is when one part of your plumbing fails to move waste water from out of your home. While this is more than likely your issue, you can’t rule out the possibility of it being backflow instead. Backflow prevention is something everyone should know about. If you’re concerned you may have an issue with your plumbing in Stryker, Bryan, and Napoleon, OH, contact the local plumbers of Woolace & Johnson at 419-546-8424.
What is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when waste water tries to flow against your plumbing, and back into your system when it shouldn’t. If you’re experiencing sewage flowing back up through your drains, you could have an issue with backflow. Waste water should only ever flow in one direction, and that’s out of your home through your sewer lines. Waste water can contaminate your potable water with soap, pesticides, chlorine, and human waste. This can create significant health risks for anyone living in a house with a water system contaminated by backflow. As a result, backflow prevention should be one of your top concerns when you think about your plumbing. There are several things that can cause your plumbing to experience backflow. Sometimes the sewer lines from the city become damaged. While you’re not responsible for this, you should still call a plumber to rectify this problem for you before it gets any worse. Backflow can happen if a fire hydrant is used by emergency services or damaged in an accident. The culprit isn’t the fire hydrant itself, but the sudden drop in pressure to the sewer system. High pressure does the same thing. Damaged sewer piping can cause backflow as well. Also, if you have backflow prevention already installed, it could be damaged and not doing its job.
Backflow should be treated like a plumbing emergency since it poses such a risk to your health. There are devices you can install directly in to your plumbing to prevent issues like this. It is essentially an additional chamber in your plumbing with a flap that will allow water to flow out, but will snap shut if waste water tries to flow back into your plumbing system. If you do not have one, you have an increased chance to experience backflow issues. If you’re concerned that your home in the Stryker, Bryan, and Napoleon, OH doesn’t have a backflow prevention device, or needs to have one repaired, contact the experts of Woolace & Johnson at 419-546-8424.