What Is Plumbing Backflow?
Normally water flows forward from the city water supply system into your home. Backflow is exactly what you would think: the backward flow back into the city water supply. If water flowing backward contains hazardous chemicals, toxins or bacteria, this can cause a very unhealthy and even dangerous scenario.
What causes Backflow?
Your garden hose is one of the most common causes of backflow. For example, let’s say you’re watering your garden with a pesticide applicator attached to the end of the hose. Your kids want a snack, while you’re inside fixing the snacks there’s a drop in water pressure in the supply system that causes a vacuum… this will pull the pesticide-laced water into your home. The worst part is you most likely won’t have a way of knowing that backflow has occurred.
This poses a big problem because usually water is purified through either natural processes (filtering through bedrock or soil) or through artificial processes (reverse osmosis). Neither of these processes is possible once water is already confined within the main lines of your home. It’s much easier to prevent this problem from ever happening than it is to remedy after the fact.
Water pressure drops are not uncommon, it may happen while a crew repairs a broken water main or firefighters put out a nearby fire.
How to Prevent Backflow Problems
We are specialists in backflow prevention and we can perform an evaluation to determine which backflow prevention device is best for your homes plumbing system.
Backflow is a serious enough problem that many municipalities have created specific regulations to reduce the frequency at which it occurs. Even with these regulations in place, industry experts recommend you perform backflow inspections at least once a year.
Do the smart thing… have Village Plumbing & Home Services install a backflow prevention device today!