One of the most damaging plumbing issues that can cause extensive damage to a property is backflow. When the flow of water moves in the wrong direction, it allows unclean, unfiltered, bacteria-ridden water to enter your home. At G.F. Bowman, Inc., we provide the Harrisburg, PA community with reliable backflow testing and repair services. Not only can we help you address your water concerns in the wake of a backflow issue, but we can also help you prevent it with routine testing and backflow preventer installation services. Give us a call or text us today for all of your backflow testing and certification service needs.
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What is Backflow and What Causes It?
Backflow is an unwanted reversal in the flow of water. Some of the main causes of backflow include:
- Water Main Damage: If the water main around your home is damaged for any reason, the drop in pressure could cause the flow of water to reverse back into your home.
- Burst Pipes: Frozen pipes are a common concern for Harrisburg homeowners. If your pipes burst due to freezing, it could force wastewater to flow back into your home.
- Excess Flooding: Anytime there's a major change in water levels or pressure such as during flooding, the risk of backflow is increased.
Backflow can cause serious damage to your plumbing, but luckily your home doesn’t have to be unprotected. With our backflow prevention services, we can install a device that shuts off your water supply in the event there’s a drop in pressure, preventing any contaminated water from making its way into your home.
How is Backflow Testing Accomplished?
Backflow testing is a plumbing service that is used to evaluate your prevention device to ensure that it’s working properly. These devices are pressure-based, meaning they have a spring that’s held open by the standard pressure in your plumbing system. When that pressure changes, like during a backflow incident, the spring will shut, closing your home off from contaminated water.
If the device is old, worn, or faulty in any way, we also offer backwater valve replacement. It’s important to keep up with your ongoing backflow certification, as it’s the only way to ensure your home is protected.
Looking for more ways to protect your home from water damage? Be sure to ask our staff how installing a sump pump can prevent flooding.
Schedule Your Testing Today!
Since opening our doors in 1967, G.F. Bowman, Inc. has been dedicated to helping our neighbors and customers throughout the Harrisburg, PA area. Backflow is one of the most damaging plumbing issues you can face, but also one of the most easily preventable. If your backflow prevention device is old or you can’t remember the last time it was tested, schedule an appointment today.