Backflow is a major residential and commercial plumbing concern. When backflow occurs it contaminates the water supply. What’s worse is that you might not know that your running water contains plumbing backflow. Because of this ignorance incidences often go underreported.
Backflow occurs when clean water reverses direction in the pipes. This causes a suction that pulls wastewater into the supply. This happens as a result of backpressure, back siphonage, or cross-connection between pipes.
If severe enough, you can usually detect backflow through foul odor, taste, or discoloration in the water. Other times, though, the backflow is indistinguishable from clean water. This may cause contaminated water to go undetected for years. Continue Reading →