Backflow Testing in Charlottesville, VA
You and your family trust that your taps produce clean, potable water each time you turn one on in your Charlottesville home. Unfortunately, if a plumbing issue with your water supply caused backflow, the water would not be clean — and you might not realize it.
Albemarle Heating & Air offers reliable backflow testing services to ensure your home’s water source hasn’t been contaminated. We’ve been serving the Charlottesville, VA, community for over 30 years, and each expert member of our team is a licensed plumber who cares about your safety and comfort.
What Is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when polluted or contaminated water that flows from your home to your local water treatment facility is suddenly reversed. When this happens, polluted water can rush back into your water supply and contaminate it.
Common causes of backflow are related to a drop in water pressure and are out of your control. They can include:
- A burst water main
- Frozen pipes
- Several nearby hydrants were used to put out a fire
Most homes have a backflow preventer valve that stops contaminated water from flowing back into your home’s water supply, but this valve can fail. Backflow testing ensures that your backflow preventer valve is in good condition and that your home hasn’t experienced backflow in the past few months.
Why Is Backflow Testing Important?
The contaminated or polluted water that makes up backflow can be so diluted that it might not smell foul as it flows from your taps. However, drinking or using backflow-contaminated water can seriously affect your health. Our team offers backflow testing to discover or confirm the presence of backflow quickly and provide an effective solution.
Signs You Need Backflow Testing
You’ll know when your home needs backflow testing services when:
- You notice cloudy or discolored water.
- There’s uneven water pressure.
- There are leaks from your backflow prevention device (if accessible, it will look like an exposed pipe protruding from the ground).
- Your last backflow testing was completed over one year ago.
What To Expect During a Backflow Testing Service
The test will last around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what our licensed plumber discovers.
First, we will completely shut off the water in your home. Then, our team will close and open various valves near your home’s backflow prevention device to look for evidence that the valve effectively prevents backflow.
If the plumber finds that your water supply might be contaminated or the backflow prevention device is damaged, they will explain your options and provide upfront pricing for the cost of repairs so you can make an informed decision.
Charlottesville’s Top Choice for Expert Backflow Testing
When you need backflow testing for your Charlottesville, VA, home, you can trust the experienced plumbers at Albemarle Heating & Air to help. Charlottesville homeowners have known our trained technicians as a team they can rely on for quality service since 1988. We offer upfront pricing and convenient financing for any unplanned investments you need to make in your home’s plumbing.
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