If you are like most people, when you turn on the faucets in your home, you expect the water that flows through to be clean and free from bacteria. Although you may not drink it, the water should be free of contaminants so that you and your family can use it without the threat of getting a disease. Unfortunately, backflow can contaminate your supply of water, increasing your chances of getting sick.
What Is a Backflow?
Your water works through a system. The clean water that flows through your home has been properly filtered. However, there is another aspect of your water flow that isn’t filtered. In fact, it’s primarily stagnant water that has increased bacteria levels. Backflow is when the contaminated water inadvertently mixes with your filtered water.
How to Prevent Backflow
The best way to prevent backflow is by using a backflow prevention device. In most instances, the plumber who installed your plumbing strategically placed a backflow prevention device to prevent your water from flowing back into your water supply. Without a backflow prevention device installed, a drop in the water level in your home’s water supply can trigger a backflow in your system.
In addition to having a backflow prevention device installed, you should get it tested at least once a year. Only specialized professionals can test your backflow system to ensure it works as it is supposed to work. With so much at stake, local ordinances require your plumbing specialist to hold a certification, such as the experts on our team here at P & D Mechanical.
Beyond having your backflow device tested annually, if your device requires repair, you will need to have it tested at that time as well.
What Can You Expect When You Get Your Backflow Device Tested?
With a qualified professional from P & D Mechanical testing your system, you can rest assured knowing that your device will undergo a series of tests to ensure it works properly. Fortunately, testing your device doesn’t take long. In fact, you can expect our professional to have your device tested in less than half an hour. Of course, during the process of testing your device, you will not have access to your water supply. Due to the possible risk of contamination, the water supply to your home will be interrupted. Once the test is complete, and everything is confirmed to be in working order, your water will be restored. If there is a problem, we are more than happy to replace your device.
If you need to have your backflow device tested, we encourage you to give us a call. While testing your device, we will make the necessary repairs to reduce the chances of your water supply becoming contaminated.
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