As a property owner, you know how important your water supply system is, which is why you shouldn’t risk water contamination caused by backflow. If you’ve never had a backflow test or are wondering how a backwater valve installation can protect you, contact the experts at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Backflow Prevention

Whether you’re new to backflow problems or it’s something you dread, we hope to help you by answering these frequently asked questions.

What Is a Backflow System?

A backflow system prevents contaminated water from flowing back into your home after a loss of water pressure or other problem in the system.

What Is Backflow Testing?

Backflow testing services give you peace of mind by testing your water to ensure that no contaminated water has seeped into your supply.

What Causes Loss of System Pressure?

You can experience a loss of water pressure for various reasons, including pump failures, system maintenance, line breaks, and fire hydrant usage. This loss of pressure can cause siphoning, which is when water siphons back into your house, contaminating your drinking water.

Do I Need Backflow Testing?

If you own a commercial property such as an apartment, your State Health Department may require backflow testing to ensure your residents, workers, or customers’ safety. However, even the average homeowner can benefit from this service.

If you have additional questions about backflow testing services, contact us for a consultation.

How a Backwater Valve Works

Backwater valves, or backflow valves as they’re sometimes called, are valves installed on the sewer line that allows water to flow in only one direction -- out of your house. If you experience sudden, heavy rainfall or a water main break, the sewers can become overwhelmed, which causes sewage to back up into your home. Having a backwater valve prevents contaminated sewer water from getting into your drinking water.

Inside a backwater valve is a small flap that is open, allowing water to flow out of your home and into the sewer system. A small flotation device sits on each side of the clap, and if water or sewage flows back into the house, the floaters cause the trap to close, preventing contaminated water from getting in. If you don’t have a backwater valve installed, or if it has been improperly installed, sewage could come into your basement via drains, sinks, toilets, or bathtubs.

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Why Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros?

Here in Central Ohio, you have plenty of choices when you need a reliable residential plumbing contractor. However, at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros, we guarantee your satisfaction. Our experienced plumbers have decades of combined experience and service in nearly every make and model. Also, we understand that money is tight, so we provide professional results at competitive prices to everyone.

If you have questions about backflow prevention or are interested in a backwater valve installation, call us in the Columbus area at 614-418-6344.