Backflow prevention assemblies are essential for protecting your home's plumbing system from potentially contaminated water. The system works by preventing water from being siphoned back into the main lines, which could cause various health and safety issues.
Malfunctions in the system, like low pressure, can cause water pressure to drop, resulting in blocked pipes, damaged fixtures, and plumbing issues.
Low-pressure problems can result from debris build-up, mineral deposits, or broken parts. You should hire a plumber to inspect the system and offer solutions to help prevent these low-pressure problems. Here are some of the solutions a plumber can offer.
Cleaning and Flushing the Assembly
The plumber will flush out the assembly to remove any buildup or debris interfering with water pressure. Using specialized equipment, they can ensure all areas of the system are clean and free from buildup. They may use tools like a high-pressure washer or a special cleaning solution to remove the buildup.
A plumber may also use a camera to inspect the system's interior and locate any areas of blockage or stagnancy.
Replacing Broken Parts
The backflow prevention assembly consists of several parts that need to be in good condition for it to work properly. The plumber can check these parts and replace any damaged or worn-out components. For example, they may replace the backflow valve, diaphragm, or other parts that have become damaged.
Adjusting Water Pressure
If the assembly is regulating too much or too little water pressure, a plumber can adjust it. They will test the system to determine why the pressure is low and then adjust it accordingly. Using special tools like a manometer, they can measure the water pressure and adjust it to an acceptable level. This will restore your plumbing system's performance to its optimal level.
The plumber can also install additional components, such as a shut-off valve, which allows you to manually control water pressure if necessary.
Installing Additional Filtration
Modern systems have additional filtration components that can help reduce buildup and debris and improve water pressure. The plumber can install special filters to help reduce debris and improve water pressure. They can position these filters correctly within the system to ensure they work effectively.
If you have a backflow prevention assembly, it's essential to get it inspected regularly by a certified plumber. They can help identify problems and offer solutions to prevent low-pressure issues in the future. Schedule a backflow assembly appointment today to have your system inspected and ensure it is functioning optimally.