Your Licensed Illinois Plumber Can Help You with Backflow Prevention
Plumbers 911 Techs are Ready 24/7 for Backflow Preventer InstallationWe have all been there; you flush a toilet and it is not going down. Panic ensues as you picture sewage all over the floor. As bad as this scenario is, can you imagine the horror of having sewage backing up through all the drains in your home; the kitchen sink, the bathtub or even the washing machine. A horrible sight that no one ever wants to see. Plumbers 911 wants you to know how to stop this repulsion from happening to you.
The Causes of A Backflow From Your BathroomBackflow is a serious problem that can contaminate all the water in your home. Backflow occurs when water leaving your home via your septic system reverses flow. This reversal of your septic system occurs for one of two reasons. The first cause may be an increase of pressure in your system. If the pressure in your system is higher than the supply the result is back pressure. The other cause of backflow is a decrease in pressure. This can be caused by leakage or an interruption of the system and back siphonage is caused. Most drainage systems on your home have backflow prevention devices. These valves are called check valves. These valves must be automatic valves and not manually operated ones. There are regulations in place to determine the design of the valve for the use intended. Vertical air gaps are used to prevent back siphoning. Use of this type of prevention is visible with the idea of having your faucet above the water supply pipe. Or having your hand held shower positioned above the water supply pipe. The hoses of the water supply must not be lower than that water level. Cross connection of pipes can cause a backflow. This occurs when a potable water supply is cross connected with a non-potable water supply. This situation causes contamination of potable water, causing illness and other health issues. Public water supplies are regulated to prevent cross connection. Your septic and water system operates on a gravity based concept. When water doesn’t drain or backs up, the cause needs to be found and repaired. When a clog is suspected, there are things that many of us attempt to rectify the situation.
- Plungers– Many people first attempt to clear a clogged brain with a plunger. The plunger uses pressure to dislodge the clog without chemicals.
- Chemicals- There are a variety of products on the market to dissolve clogs. Chemicals are poured down the drain, followed by water. After a period of time, the chemicals do their work and the clog is cleared.
- Snake – a plumbing snake is a long cable that is inserted into the drain so it pushed through the clog, releasing it. Most snakes that a homeowner can use should be long enough to reach from the drain to an exterior wall.
When The Experts at Plumbers 911 of Chicago Should Be Called In to Help, And What We Can Do to Help So what can you as a homeowner do to make sure your pipes are kept clear and functioning properly? There are several maintenance tips you can do annually, and quarterly that will make a huge difference.]]>
- Pressure test your system. Having a reputable plumber, like the professionals and Plumbers 911, come to your home to do a gas pressure test. You will know if the water pressure has decreased. Is it taking longer to fill the bathtub or a pot of water? And if it has increased you run the risk of blowing out any flexible lines like those in a washing machine. You can monitor the pressure in your pipes once they have been checked over by the plumber by installing a pressure gauge to your system.
- Check your home for evidence of leaks. Look under counters for damp areas. Look at the walls and ceilings for watermarks. Toilets that aren’t stable on the floor and tend to rock. Dripping faucets and refrigerators are sure signs of impending trouble.
- Have your plumber check that backflow prevention device while he’s checking out the other valves on your system.
- Make sure you know how to turn the water off to your house. This is extremely important in the event of a burst pipe or hose.