Backflow is what happens when unclean (non-potable) water flows in the wrong direction. This is a dangerous situation because these problems can lead to contaminated drinking water. It can happen in any piping system–from a pool, the sewer, or even a sprinkler system. If you suspect an issue, scheduling a backflow inspection quickly could save you a costly commercial plumbing repair.

Types of Backflow Devices

There are two main types of backflow systems. These are a reduced-pressure principle device and double-check valves. In either case, a mechanical backflow preventer is what keeps the unclean water from flowing back into the clean water. This preventer is the primary point of concern when an inspection takes place.

What Happens During Backflow Inspections?

Inspections should be completed on commercial plumbing every year. These inspections diagnose potential issues before they become major problems. During an inspection, a trained plumber will take a close look at your plumbing assembly. They will also check where your water lines meet the public water source for any signs of stress. Taking a closer look at your lines is important because they are exposed to weather and other environmental factors that can be damaging. Your expert should also take a look at the status of your backflow preventer to make sure that nothing needs to be adjusted.

What If Damage Is Found?

A certified plumber will make recommendations if they detect damage. In many cases, the plumber can give an estimate and complete the work on the same day. It is critical to have any commercial plumbing issues corrected right away. A damaged backflow system is a public safety risk. Be mindful that the cost of inspection and repair can vary depending on the location of your system, the ease of access, and the level of damage that needs to be corrected. 

If you need an inspection or if you need plumbing system repairs, hiring the right plumbing company is key. The experts at Team Rooter assess and repair these issues with care and speed. When you need commercial plumbing support in Los Angeles, get Team Rooter. Contact us today!

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