The Importance of Backflow Testing
Backflow testing is something that many people have not heard of, but it is a critical aspect of home maintenance that could save lives. This is a type of maintenance test that is completed by a plumber if you have a backflow preventer installed in your home’s plumbing system.
It may prevent serious illness of death in you or your family members, so it is something you should learn more about.
The Risk of Water Contamination
Fresh water streams into your home and waste water is carried away from your home due to water pressure. An ideal amount of water pressure keeps these flowing in the appropriate direction.
When water pressure changes, however, the waste water can flow backward to contaminate your fresh water.
This may sound rare or unlikely, but the water pressure adjustment could be caused by a city water main leak, the testing and flushing of fire hydrants or even a leaking pipe in your home or your neighbors’ homes.
While major issues are publicized and cities generally will announce boil water alerts, there may be a period of time before you hear the announcement when your family is at risk.
How a Backflow Preventer Reduces the Risk of Water Contamination
Because the risk of a backflow event is possible, some homes have been equipped with a special device known as a backflow preventer. This is a sensitive component that can determine if a water pressure change has occurred. If a water pressure change is detected, a valve will close that prevents backflow from occurring.
What a Backflow Test Does
A homeowner will generally not be aware that the backflow preventer has worked if it does its job properly, and it can be difficult for a homeowner to test it on his or her own. When a backflow preventer fails, the homeowner and his or her family could become will or worse.
Therefore, scheduling a professional test of the device periodically is the best way to ensure that it is still working properly. Many plumbers recommend that backflow testing service be completed annually.
A backflow preventer performs a critical function in a home, but it can break or develop functional issues. These issues could render it ineffective or partially effective, and people could drink contaminated water without knowing they are doing so as a result of this.
You can call a plumber today to request a backflow test service for your home.
Want more information on backflow testing in your Mobile, AL area? Just call Drain Busters Plumbing & Rooter at (251) 665-9898, and take the proper precautions.