If you’re noticing foul smells coming from your drains, a change in your water’s taste, or even murky water from your faucets, don’t ignore it! These unpleasant changes could signal a serious plumbing issue known as backflow. Fixxer Company Plumbing explains what backflow is and why it’s important to get the problem fixed fast.

Strange Smells or Water Discoloration? Backflow Could Be the Culprit

What is Backflow?

Your plumbing is designed to flow in one direction: clean water enters your home or business, and wastewater exits. But when pressure changes occur, that flow can reverse. This reversal, called backflow, can allow contaminated water from sewers, drains, or even landscaping to mix into your clean water supply.

How Backflow Causes Odors and Discoloration

  • Foul Smells: Backflow brings wastewater, with its decaying matter and sewage odors, into contact with your clean water, causing that nasty smell in sinks or showers.
  • Murky or Discolored Water: Rust, sediment, or other contaminants from wastewater can tint your water an unappealing color.
  • Taste Changes: Even if the water looks clear, you might notice an off-putting taste due to backflow contamination.

Health Risks of Backflow

Beyond the unpleasant smells and appearance, backflow poses potential health risks. Contaminated water can contain bacteria, viruses, and other harmful substances that can make you sick.

What Causes Backflow?

  • Pressure Fluctuations: Sudden drops in your water pressure, caused by events like a burst water main or heavy fire hydrant use, can create the ideal conditions for backflow.
  • Backflow Preventer Failure: The devices designed to stop backflow can malfunction or wear out over time.
  • Cross-Connections: Accidental connections between potable (clean) and non-potable (wastewater) plumbing lines can lead to backflow.

Protecting Yourself: Backflow Prevention & Testing

  • Backflow Preventers: Properly installed backflow prevention devices are essential. Different types are needed depending on the potential hazard level.
  • Annual Testing: Fixxer Company recommends annual backflow preventer testing to ensure your device is working correctly and protecting your water supply. Note: If you subcontract out this service, you’ll need to explain that in the blog.
  • Fixxer Company Plumbing: Your Backflow Experts: Our licensed plumbers specialize in backflow prevention, testing, and repair.

Don’t Let Backflow Compromise Your Water

If you suspect backflow is causing strange smells, water discoloration, or odd tastes, don’t delay. Contact Fixxer Company Plumbing for prompt diagnosis and solutions to ensure the safety of your water supply.

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