Backflow Prevention: When to Call a Plumbing Contractor in Victoria
Clean water is a fundamental human need. Each person on earth requires about 20 to 50 liters of water per day for drinking, cooking, and keeping our bodies clean. We also use our water supply for boiler systems, watering lawns, filling swimming pools, doing laundry, washing dishes and so on.
The importance of having clean water delivered to our homes, schools and businesses cannot be overstated. In conjunction with water treatment facilities, municipalities require the use of plumbing devices, called backflow preventers, in all residential and commercial properties.
What is backflow?
Backflow is the reverse flow of dirty water through clean water lines. It occurs due to significant or sudden changes in water pressure and may emerge from drains, toilets or outdoor water system drainages. That has the potential to contaminate clean water pipes, making them unsafe to use until they’ve been properly flushed out.
What are the potential dangers from backflow?
Dirty water can be contaminated with feces, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers and other dangerous materials that pose a health risk. Serious illness or infection – even death – from contaminated water can be prevented by a backflow device. If properly installed and maintained, a backflow preventer will keep drinking water safe and free of hazardous impurities.
How do you recognize contaminated water?
Backflow is hard to miss. You will notice water coming up through your drains and pooling in your tub or shower, sinks, and near your sprinkler system hookups. Other signs for concern are discoloured water (brown, yellow or pink) or a foul odor coming from your drain. It could be backflow or other problems with your plumbing system. If this occurs, contact a plumber immediately.
How can you prevent backflow?
In Victoria, most residential and commercial buildings already have backflow preventers in place. However, an annual inspection prevents major health hazards from occurring that could result from simple wear and tear on your backflow system’s parts.
Professional plumbers in Victoria, BC will install or test a backflow device if you:
Own a pool or spa
- Have an indoor sprinkler system
- Any potable system that is connected to a non-potable system
- Use an irrigation system for your lawn or garden
- Use an alternative clean water source (stream, spring, or well)
Your backflow prevention device must be inspected:
- When a technician installs it
- It is removed or replaced
- Once a year after installation
Finding a Reliable Plumbing Contractor in Victoria, BC
The knowledgeable plumbers at Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating are equipped to perform annual backflow testing, repairs, installation, and backflow certification of all residential, commercial, or industrial prevention devices. For all your plumbing needs in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island, contact us today!