Backflow Prevention: Everything You Need to Know

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When there is a change in water pressure, there can be a backflow problem. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. If dirty water flows out of your home and back into the city water lines, there can be some serious consequences. An issue that can arise from not taking proper backflow prevention measures is contaminating the water supply with human waste, fertilizers, soap and other chemicals you use in your home.

Backflow Prevention: Everything You Need to Know

A backflow prevention system will only allow water to flow from the city water system into your home, and not the other direction. Even if you have a change in pressure, you will not have backflow problems.

How do you know if you need a backflow preventions system? Many new construction homes have backflow prevention measures already installed. We recommend all homes have a backflow prevention system, but especially homes with a well or irrigation system. Some signs that you have backflow issues are:

  • Waterflow has slowed down or is sporadic
  • Sulphur smell
  • Discoloration
  • Sediment or rust in your water
  • Drainage problems
  • Bad-tasting water

If you have noticed any of these signs, then it is extremely important to have your plumbing inspected by a plumber. These signs can have serious consequences to you and your family’s health. If you know that you do not have a backflow prevention system or you feel like yours isn’t working properly, then give us a call at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Southern Pines. Let our experienced and professional plumbing experts get your plumbing system working at its peak performance.