Regular testing of backflow prevention devices is essential for ensuring that your plumbing system is working properly. Backflow prevention devices allow water to enter the property’s supply system through the water meter, which also prevents water from flowing back in the opposite direction.
These devices are subject to wear and tear over time, and need to be serviced or replaced when necessary to ensure your water supply remains safe for consumption. Backflow prevention testing is recommended at least once a year to prevent contamination of your potable water supply.
What does the term backflow mean?
The term blackflow refers to potentially contaminated, non-potable water flowing in the opposite direction and entering your drinkable water supply. If this happens and you consume contaminated water, you could experience a number of health issues ranging from gastrointestinal issues to a decreased immune system and more.
What is the reason for a backflow?
A reduced water pressure in the pipes allows contaminated water to be drawn back into your water supply system. This can happen under the following circumstances:
- A burst water pipe in your surrounding area
- Usage of water at a higher pressure than normal
- Fire fighters using water from the main water supply
Increased demand from the main water system will reduce the water supply and pressure to your property, which could cause a backflow.
Where does backflow happen?
Backflow happens in the water pipes, often when there’s a burst or frozen pipe, when the pipes get backed up, or there’s a sudden drop in the water pressure.
What are the main causes of backflow?
The root cause of backflow is a reduced water supply pressure, which creates a negative pressure that allows contaminated water to be siphoned into the drinking water supply. Reduced water pressure can happen due to a number of factors, such as the following:
- Back Siphonage
A typical example of the ‘Venturi effect’, back siphonage is equivalent to sucking liquid through a straw. Back siphonage happens as a result of reduced pressure in the pipes due to an interruption in the water supply. Examples of these interruptions include a main break or repair or increased water velocity (speed) due to a heavy draw on water such as fire fighting.
Backpressure backflow is a consequence of the system operating under higher pressure than the pressure within the water distribution main. This increased pressure forces contaminants from the water system into the potable water supply.
Common causes of backpressure backflow include improperly equipped hot water heaters, pumps, elevated piping, or other equipment attached to the potable water system that’s operating under pressure.
Why Choose Active Plumbing for Your Annual Backflow Prevention Testing
Regular backflow prevention testing and maintenance by licensed plumbing professionals allows you to avoid problems in your plumbing system, and more importantly, prevent health issues from consuming contaminated water. A proper testing will detect potential leaks, possible contaminants in your water supply, and water pressure issues.
You can trust Active Plumbing to deliver the following when you engage our backflow prevention testing services:
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
As demonstration of our dedication to customer satisfaction, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our workmanship and parts for all services.
- Certified for Backflow Prevention Testing
Active Plumbing plumbers are certified and professionally trained in installing and testing backflow prevention devices so you can trust in us to carry out the necessary maintenance or repairs in compliance with government regulations.
- Licensed and Insured
Our fully licensed and insured plumbers are specialists in their field, renowned for immaculate workmanship and outstanding customer service.
- Service Within 1 Hour
For general plumbing issues, our friendly and experienced plumbers will be with you usually within 1 hour of receiving your call.
- 24/7 Emergency Support
We’re always here for you, all day and night, 365 days a year.
For more information on our backflow prevention testing services, call Active Plumbing for a FREE consultation today!