Why Backflow Prevention Device Testing Is Important
Is your water really clean and free from contaminants?
You might think that the water you use for drinking, bathing, and cleaning the different parts of your home is clean and safe for use, but it may be contaminated and harmful.
Contaminated water can cause diseases or even deaths when consumed by young children, the elderly, or people with weak immune systems. One of the common reasons for the contamination of water in residences, businesses, and industries is backflow. Backflow occurs when there is a fluctuation in the water pressure. Ideally, clean water should flow into your home when the water pressure is correct. However, when there is fluctuation in the water pressure, contaminated water can flow into your home.
There are two common reasons for backflow: back pressure and back siphonage. Back pressure occurs when there is pressure in your water system that is increased. Back siphonage, on the other hand, happens when the pressure of your water supply is lower than that of the system. Among the most common causes of fluctuations that lead to backflow are burst main pipelines, leaking pipes, and the flushing of fire hydrants.
When there is a reduction in the pressure in the pipes, contaminants from different sources like water from soil and from storage can be drawn into the water system of your home or business. Unfortunately, most of the causes of water backflow is beyond your control. The better way to deal with backflow is prevention through the use of devices. In fact, in many parts of the globe, the installation of backflow devices is mandated by plumbing and building codes.
Among the different types of backflow devices that you can choose from are air gaps, atmospheric vacuum breakers, check valves, chemigation valves, double check valves, and vacuum breakers. However, it is not enough that you have any of these devices installed on your plumbing system.
In fact, these can be rendered useless if these are not tested and/or configured properly. Unfortunately, the location of the backflow device makes it difficult for most people to access and check if it is working properly, hence the need for professional assistance.
Backflow device testing is important to ensure that it is configured and working properly and can protect you from contaminated water. Furthermore, local codes require that these devices be tested on an annual basis. Failure to comply can lead to penalties and water interruption. Here at Brewer Commercial Plumbing Services, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to test the backflow device installed on your property. Our staff can determine whether your property is protected from backflow and from water contamination.
Give us a call to schedule your backflow device maintenance testing today: (602) 789-8858