What is “Backflow”?
Water used in residential or commercial spaces should only flow onto the property in one direction. If there is a sudden pressure change, it can affect the main supply line causing water to make it’s way back in. Events such as a water main break or a nearby fire hydrant being used could cause the system to lose pressure. Because of this lack in pressure in the pipeline, the water is no longer pushed in a single direction. When the water starts flowing in the opposite direction, this is called backflow. Backflow is dangerous because it can seriously contaminate the main water supply which can cause the contamination of public drinking water. When backflow happens it increases the likelihood of clean water coming in contact with human waste, fertilizers, toxic chemicals or pesticides.
How is a Backflow Prevention Inspection Done?
A backflow prevention inspection is performed to investigate if backflow particles are present in the current system so that the cause can be determined to repair the issue. One of our professional plumbers will begin by inspecting the pressure of the system. This is done by attaching a backflow testing gauge also known as gate and relief valves. The plumber will close the downstream valve and wait a few minutes before checking for changes in the direction of movement of the pressure gauge as well as check for water leaks and other signs by closing different valves.
Who Should You Call for a Backflow Prevention Inspection?
If you fall into the category of annual backflow prevention inspection, be sure to connect with a licensed professional who is trained to perform the inspection. Ted’s Plumbing is a licensed company that will inspect both residential and commercial backflow systems, providing solutions if needed to limit contamination issues. Call us today at 754-244-3247 if you are in search of a trusted local company to perform your backflow test today!