If you've got an irrigation system installed on your property, there's one part that you probably haven't given much thought to. Unfortunately, this part is one of the most important parts of your entire irrigation system. The part is the back-flow preventer. If you're not familiar with what the back-flow preventer does, it prevents contaminated water from backing up into the municipal drinking water supply. Without a properly working back-flow preventer on your irrigation system, you could be contributing to the contamination of your drinking water, without even realizing it. That's why it's important that you keep on top of the maintenance that your back-flow preventer will need. Here are three signs that your back-flow preventer needs immediate attention.
You've Noticed a Steady Drip
If your back-flow preventer has developed a leak, it's time to have it serviced. Leaking around the valve is a good indication that the seal is damaged. If that's the case, the contaminated water could be leaking back down towards the ground water. Don't wait until you see a steady stream of water. As soon as you notice that your back-flow preventer is leaking, you need to have it serviced.
You're Noticing Reduced Water Pressure
The back-flow preventer is designed to maintain the proper pressure of the water that's flowing through your irrigation system. Over time, the valve can wear out, which will reduce water pressure through the system. Unfortunately, once the water pressure is compromised, there's a good chance that your back-flow preventer has developed a vacuum leak within the pipes. If that's the case, contaminated water is going to flow backwards towards the municipal drinking water supply. If you're noticing a reduction in the water pressure through your irrigation system, your back-flow preventer is in need of repairs. It's also important to note that you should call for repairs if you notice fluctuations in the water pressure, such as too much pressure followed by a lack of pressure. Those fluctuations could indicate that your back-flow preventer is about to fail.
You've Noticed a Dramatic Change in Your Water
When you have a properly functioning back-flow preventer on your irrigation system, you shouldn't notice any problems with your drinking water. If you've suddenly noticed a dramatic change in the quality of your water, you need to contact a plumber at a company like Silverdale Plumbing & Heating Inc immediately. This is particularly important if your water has developed a foul odor, strange taste, or unusual color. Those are all signs that your water has been contaminated. Don't drink your water until you can have the repairs taken care of and your water supply can be tested.