Backflow: What it is and Why Testing is Important
Backflow testing is a process used to ensure that your plumbing system is able to handle contaminated water which results from backflow. Most people in first world countries don’t think they’re at risk of water contamination, but the issue is real and can affect any home, anywhere.
Contaminated water can make you sick or it can even be fatal if consumed by young children and the elderly. Having a trusted plumbing team perform backflow testing is the best way to prevent any sort of tragedy from happening. What is backflow? It’s caused by fluctuations in water pressure; just like fresh, clean water flows into your home via water pressure, the waste water is also pumped out of your home.
When the pressure fluctuates, the wastewater can sometimes flow back inside, contaminating the clean water. So what causes these fluctuations in water pressure? The most common culprits are:
- Leaking pipes
- A burst main pipeline
- Flushing fire hydrants
Protecting Your Home with Backflow Testing
Since most of the causes of backflow can’t be controlled, the best way to deal with them is by using a backflow prevention component. This device monitors your home’s water pressure. When it detects a pressure change, it will adjust its valve accordingly, eliminating any chance of backflow.
If this device is faulty, however, there’s really no way for the average home owner to know, because it’s located inside your plumbing system and isn’t easy to access. This is why backflow testing performed by a professional is one of the most important plumbing services for any home.
The test will reveal whether or not the backflow prevention device is working properly and protecting your water from contamination. If you’re unsure if your plumbing system is equipped with a backflow device, or you’re ready to have your system tested, get in touch with us. No matter what, backflow testing should be performed at least once a year.