Backflow happens when water reverses the direction of its flow anywhere in your plumbing systems. It’s a dangerous condition because it can allow drinking water in plumbing systems to become contaminated and unusable. .
What is a backflow preventer?
Backflow preventers are mechanical plumbing devices installed in a plumbing system to prevent water from flowing backward in the system. A properly installed, tested and maintained backflow preventer at the water service entrance to your home can reliably prevent the backflow of poor quality water into your drinking water supply.
What are the primary causes of backflow?
The primary causes are a sudden drop in water pressure due to heavy usage, heavy demand caused by fire-fighting, or even a water main break.
What harm can backflow cause?
Plenty. When water is delivered to your property it’s exposed to many different types of fixtures, including sprinklers, washing machines, hose-bibs, kitchen faucets, tubs, showers, and toilets. Connections between your drinking water system and potential sources of pollution, or contamination, are called “cross connections.” When backflow occurs through a cross connection, contamination will follow without proper protection. Also, it’s important to note that backflow conditions can originate on or off your property. That’s right, if cross connection fails in the public water supply, contaminated water can enter your home along with those of your neighbors.
Why is annual testing important for backflow preventers?
The assemblies have moving parts which can foul or wear out. Periodic testing insures the devices are working properly.
Who can you turn to for backflow prevention and annual testing?
Throughout the Greater Memphis area, no one is better qualified to protect your home and family from backflow contamination than Conway Services. Contact us today for installation or testing services.
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