What is Backflow Prevention?
Backflow prevention is a method used to stop cross – connection (either directly or indirectly) of a potable water source with non-potable water sources or contaminated water or substances. It’s important because only drinking water should be supplied to fixtures used for human consumption, bathing, food preparation, etc. Water systems should be designed and maintained to prevent contaminants from being introduced to the water supply to protect human health. A backflow preventer will stop contaminants from flowing backward into your drinking water supply.
Where Could Contamination Come From?
Contamination can come easier than most expect, from a lot of different sources in your home. Irrigation systems, hoses left submerged in pools, handheld shower heads submerged in water, water softener systems, and even high pressure washers are all sources of possible contamination in your home if you are not protected with a backflow preventer.
What Maintenance is Need for Backflow Preventers?
There are spring, valves, and seals that are subject to wear and tear and do need to be tested regularly and maintained, or your water source could be at risk of contamination. If you rent, please ensure you are aware of whose responsibility it is to have regular maintenance performed to keep the preventer in working order. Only an individual who is a Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester and has been certified by the state is permitted to test backflow preventers.
If you are unsure when your backflow preventer has last been tested, or need maintenance performed, contact Paradigm Plumbing to schedule an appointment to ensure your water quality stays fresh and clean!