Backflow Testing: What Is It, and Why Is It Necessary?

Water Flowing Out of Pipe

Here at Tritan Plumbing, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of top-notch services to help with all of your plumbing needs.  One of those services that our expert team can help you with is backflow prevention.  

Backflow prevention and testing is an absolute necessity for public places that share cross-connecting pipes, like apartment buildings, condominiums, restaurants, office buildings and more.  It is actually a requirement by local municipal codes that public spaces like these have annual backflow testing.  So, if backflow testing is such a big deal, what exactly is it, and why is it necessary?  Let’s take a look:

What Is Backflow?

Backflow is exactly what you might imagine this somewhat gross-sounding word to mean.  It is contaminated water that has reversed flow, and as a result, enters into the clean water lines of homes and businesses.  Backflow is typically caused by a significant change in water pressure.  This can be due to a water main break, frozen pipes or an unexpectedly high demand on the water system. It can occur at any cross-connection between clean and dirty water in residential, commercial or industrial water lines.  And the worst part – backflow can contain hazardous materials like human waste, pesticides or chemicals.  Needless to say, it poses very, very serious health concerns, not to mention the potential for a heap-load of expensive stress!

Backflow Prevention and Testing

In order to safeguard against backflow in standing structures, a backflow prevention device should be installed by a trusted team of professionals.  Once installed, if there should ever be an unexpected or dramatic change in water pressure, the device will prevent backflow from entering into the clean water supply system.  But, again, it’s important that this device is properly installed by a professional so that they can test it and ensure that the clean water line remains contaminant free.  This really is key.

While personal standards and responsibilities should maintain certain routine testing requirements, there are already municipal codes in place that require annual testing of these backflow prevention devices.  This ensures that they are functioning properly and that no hazardous contaminants are spilling out into the clean water supply.  If, however, testing of any device is not completed on time, you should know that a property or business’ water supply might be interrupted, and the property owner might even face fines.  So, to avoid this from happening to you, we recommend scheduling a backflow test well in advance.

Fortunately, here at Tritan, we can help schedule and carry out backflow testing for your property.  We provide a variety of backflow-related services, including prevention device installation and testing.  Call us today and make sure that this stressful problem doesn’t happen to you and your property or business.   

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