When you pour water from your faucet, you trust that the water is safe to drink, cook with, and use to bathe. But if your backflow preventer is not functioning properly, it can cause your water to be contaminated. If you need backflow repair services at your Aurora, CO home or building, call Befort Plumbing & Heating. A family-owned and operated company, we offer upfront pricing!
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What You Need To Know About Backflow
In a properly working plumbing system, water that flows into your Aurora property should only flow in one direction - with clean water entering the house and dirty water leaving it. If the water changes direction, meaning dirty water -- and even wastewater -- moves back into your plumbing system, this is backflow. This can lead to serious health risks if the issue is not corrected by a professional. If you suspect you have backflow, contact the experts at Befort Plumbing & Heating to repair the problem.
What Is a Backflow Preventer?
To keep your water supply from changing directions and allowing the wastewater to move back into your home, or into the city’s water supply, it’s important to have a functioning backflow preventer. This keeps the water only moving in one direction, and prevents contaminants from entering the water supply.
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Common Problems With Backflow Preventers
It’s important to have a functioning backflow preventer to ensure wastewater is not contaminating your water supply. Unfortunately, occasionally your system might encounter issues. Some common problems can include:
- Faulty first check valve. This opens up at certain water pressures, allowing the water to pressurize the space between the first and second check valves. It usually opens when water pressure reaches a minimum of 2.0 PSI. However, if it’s not working correctly it could open at lower water pressures.
- Faulty second check valve. If this valve fails, water can leak past it, back into the area between checks.
- Relief valve opening point is too high. This can occur if the relief valve disc isn’t embedding itself correctly, or other issues occur with internal components.
- Relief valve opening point is too low. This can happen if something is restricting movement into the relief valve stem mechanism. This can occur if there are signs of scale or corrosion.