Understanding Your Tap Water

Your plumbing is designed to move in one direction—down. As you can imagine, when water flows back up your pipes, sanitation becomes a main concern. If there is an abrupt shift in pressure within your pipes, water will flow back up through your piping. This contaminates your water supply, as backflow brings wastewater from your bath, shower, and toilet, back into your home.

So, we, here at Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, wanted to provide a list of backflow symptoms to look out for. Each time backflow occurs, your plumbing becomes less and less reliable. If you encounter any of the following, contact a professional plumber as soon as possible.


Have you ever turned on your faucet and been met with foul-smelling, brown water? That’s backflow. And, that’s a huge problem. When you have backflow, your water is moving in the opposite direction from which it should. This causes contamination and significantly jeopardizes the integrity of your plumbing, and your home. Here are the main signs you have a backflow problem in your home:

Foul Odors

If you notice a strong sulfurous smell in your house, your plumbing is probably in trouble. Severe backflow will result in a prominent stench, that lingers.

Discolored Water

If your water starts to look like coca-cola, you have a backflow situation on your hands as well. When your water shifts from clear to brown, it is no longer sanitary to drink. Backflow water contains human waste and other toxic chemicals that are not meant to be ingested.

Uneven Water Levels

If you notice uneven water levels in multiple drains, backflow is responsible. For example, if your toilet water rises when you wash your hands in your bathroom sink, contact a professional plumber immediately. Your water is not flowing properly!


Peace of Mind

When you install a backflow prevention device, you will no longer have to worry about potential water contamination. A one-way valve automatically shuts off water flow when uneven pressure is detected, so sewage cannot come back up your pipes or into your water supply. Your water will be safe and clean, so you can kick back and relax.

Eliminate Contaminants

Your water will return to a normal color with a backflow prevention device. The only thing you will have to look out for is scheduling your annual backflow maintenance. Over time, waste can build-up around the valve causing it to malfunction; however, with regular maintenance, this is highly unlikely. With annual maintenance, your device will work efficiently to protect you and your family from backflow.

Save Money

After a backflow incident, your home will need professional cleaning. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on cleaning fees and potential water damage restoration, invest in a backflow prevention device and avoid the mess in the first place!

Ensure your home has clean drinking water with backflow prevention device installation, repair, or maintenance. Contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at (416) 800-6264, today and say bye-bye to backflow.

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