Water contamination is a problem in many underdeveloped countries around the world. Regardless if sewer systems are destroyed by disasters or just aren’t properly maintained, illnesses and parasitic problems can run rampant in the untreated waters.
Homeowners in the United States tend to have reliable city water systems and rarely come into contact with these illnesses. However, poorly maintained water piping or faulty plumbing work within the home could lead to something called “backflow,” which puts you and your neighbors at risk of contracting all kinds of germs from your water.
But what exactly is backflow? How do you prevent it? P&D Mechanical, a Robbinsdale backflow testing expert, gets into the nitty gritty below.
What is Backflow?
In essence, backflow is what happens when clean water in the water piping system flows the opposite way that it is supposed to. This is generally caused when there is not enough pressure available to push the water through the pipes—such as if the city has a water break, or if you have a household water leak. When the remaining water doesn’t flow in the correct direction, it suctions down dirty water (say, from your toilet) with it, leading to contamination. This is especially the case if any given system has a cross-connection between clean and dirty water.
Backflow can contaminate not only your own water supply, but that of an entire city. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to be aware of this issue and take preventive action. The health of the public depends on it.
Backflow Testing is Preventive
Many home and business plumbing systems are already equipped with a backflow prevention device. These devices need to be tested annually by a reputable backflow testing service; this is often a required procedure in many districts and cities across the United States. It’s also important to check your backflow device if you happen to be remodeling your plumbing or opting for boiler replacement.
Backflow testing is the only way to make sure that all the numerous valves and springs that comprise a backflow prevention device are in working order. Be a responsible home or business owner and don’t forget your device’s yearly checkup!
Contact P&D Mechanical for Backflow Testing Today
If you’re looking for the most efficient and experienced in backflow testing, look no further than P&D mechanical. If you would like to know more about our products and services, then call us at 763-533-2218. You can also message us on our contact page.
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