While you might not be familiar with backflow, it can pose great dangers to your home and family. This can cause contamination of your drinking water, and other water used in your property, making it necessary to get backflow testing to ensure your family’s safety. For services in the Southern Illinois area, call A & W Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
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What Is Backflow?
Backflow can cause serious issues for your property, and your health. This is the reversed flow of water in a plumbing system, which can cause contamination of the water. All of the contaminants that are washed down your drainage system can get mixed with your drinking water, or other water on your property, like an irrigation system. This can pose great dangers to your health.
Importance of Backflow Testing
Backflow can pose risks to your family’s health and the overall quality of water on your property. To ensure your water isn’t contaminated, it’s important to have backflow testing performed. This can prevent sewage from backing up into your water supply, which can cause serious health problems for your family if consumed. This can result in harmful bacteria that can cause E. Coli, salmonella and hepatitis to enter the water. Less harmful bacteria that cause eye, nose, throat and ear infections, ulcers and vomiting can also be present. To avoid these risks, you should have backflow testing performed regularly on your property.
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The Backflow Testing Process
Backflow testing is important to ensure the quality of your property’s water. To perform this process, experts will:
- Shut off the water supply to your property.
- Focus the testing process on the devices used to prevent backflow. The professional will determine the type of device used, and the flow direction.
- Next, the contractor will number test cocks and assemble their adapters.
- After the downstream is shut off, the expert will attach the test kit hoses.
- If water leaves the relief valve after this, then the expert will clean the check valve.
- Then a test is performed to make sure the machinery is working properly.