Backflow Preventive Measures

How Plumbing Contractors Can Keep You and Your Family Safe

Every plumbing system is complex and intricate. However, there is one main rule in plumbing design: “water must always run in one direction”. Unfortunately, not all plumbing systems are designed by professionals. Plus, there are special cases when even a well designed system can behave chaotically. One example is when the sewer system of your home backs up into your house. This usually results in overflowing toilets, smelly drains, and clogged pipes. Luckily, there are many plumbing contractors out there that can help you avoid such situations.

The main reason for sewage backflow is inadequate use of the drains. People are used to pouring all sorts of things down the drain. However, they don’t realize that most of those things can clog and cause the sewer system to back up. For instance, cooking oil is the number one cause of drain clogs. Ground coffee is a close second. Making sure that whatever you throw down the drain belongs to the drain is the first step you can take towards preventing a rather nasty sewage backflow.

Another reason for sewage backflow is poor plumbing maintenance. Your drains must be cleaned and inspected by professional plumbing contractors on a regular basis. A true plumber has the knowledge, experience, and means to ensure the efficiency of your draining system. In most cases, they will perform a thorough check of your pipes in order to determine their condition. Immediate measures should be taken if they find anything wrong with your system.

Backflow can happen not only to your sewer lines but your fresh water lines as well. Due to various reasons, the water in your main pipe may flow in the wrong direction. When this happens, waste water can contaminate your fresh water. What’s even worse is that it’s almost impossible to understand when this happens. Luckily, there is a solution for such problems. You basically need to install a backflow detection device on your main water line. These devices monitor the flow in order to ensure that water flows in the right direction.

In order to make sure that your plumbing system is in good condition and that your water is potable, we strongly recommend hiring a plumber for a thorough inspection. Heaney Plumbing & Heating is located in Warren, MI, and we offer quality services at fair rates.

All you have to do is call us at (586) 232-9184.