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Backflow: Your Worst Plumbing Nightmare!

Why Backflow Is Dangerous

Backflow is a true plumbing nightmare. What could be worse than a house flooded with raw sewage? When a plumbing backflow occurs, this horror can become a reality. Backflow happens when a sudden change in pressure, malfunctioning valve, or clog causes water to flow in reverse. In some cases, this means dirty water (in worst cases, including raw sewage) can come rushing out of the toilets and sinks within a house, flooding the entire property and wreaking havoc. Backflow not only floods a home with contaminated water; it can also eliminate a home’s potable water supply. The vast majority of homes where backflows occur become temporarily,  if not permanently, unlivable. 

What a Mess!

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Backflow is unsanitary and difficult to mitigate. Once the backflow is stopped, a professional remediation team is usually called in to clean up the mess, perform a thorough dry-out, and apply the appropriate antimicrobial treatments. In many cases, backflow can cause overflowing from fixtures and drains. This can lead to extensive water damage and even potentially harm your electrical system as well. 

This, on top of the necessary plumbing repairs, as backflow can also cause a burst pipe or plumbing damage in general. All of these situations can become expensive and frustrating, especially when the added inconvenience of submitting an insurance claim enters the equation. Having a house full of dirty water is enough of a headache as it is.

The Health Risks

Backflow can create an unsanitary environment that poses serious health risks to the residents of a home, often requiring homeowners to move out of their homes during the remediation process temporarily. Backflow can allow toxic substances to infiltrate the home, including everything from harmful chemicals (e.g., pesticides) to biohazardous human waste. 

Additionally, disease-causing mold and mildew can quickly develop after a backflow, even after a professional dry-out. For example, toxic black mold can grow under floorboards and behind walls, creating a hazardous environment.

The Importance of Backflow Testing

Backflow testing and certification are critical measures that every homeowner should take. Backflow prevention devices are a must-have, as they prevent the flow of water from reversing. Of course, backflow prevention devices must be installed appropriately with regular maintenance and inspections. During backflow testing and certification, a thorough evaluation by a licensed plumbing professional takes place. 

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They will test a home’s entire plumbing system to ensure that everything is in proper working order and not at risk of backflow. The plumbing valves are systematically checked for weaknesses, and any necessary repairs are made to ensure that all preventative measures have been taken to backflow-proof the property. If no repairs are required, a typical residential backflow prevention testing session takes approximately half an hour to complete.

 This includes leak detection, valve repair, drain and sewer cleaning, and so forth. Backflow prevention testing and certification is a simple, easy way to avoid a devastating plumbing nightmare that can destroy a home and its contents.

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