Backflow Preventors and Testing
Most municipal codes will require the installation of a backflow prevention device at each cross-connection point found within the plumbing systems of apartments, condominiums, food establishments, and most public and commercial places. The type of backflow preventer required will be in line with the degree of hazard present on the premises.
What is Backflow?
Potable (clean) water flows under pressure through municipal water lines to homes and businesses. Backflow is the reverse flow of dirty water through the clean water lines. Dirty water can be contaminated with feces, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizer and other hazardous materials, and causes a serious health hazard. Backflow can occur at cross-connections between potable and non-potable water in any residential, commercial or industrial system.
A backflow prevention device most commonly consists of a pair of mechanical check values that prevent dirty water from flowing back into the clean water supply in the event of an unexpected or drastic change in water pressure. If properly installed and maintained, a backflow preventer will keep drinking water safe and free of contaminates.
Backflow valves must be inspected annually to ensure proper operation and to keep your property in compliance with the local code. Your fresh water supply is subject to interruption and your business may be fined if backflow testing isn’t completed in time.
Roto-Rooter technicians can perform annual backflow testing, repairs, installation and backflow certification of all types of prevention devices. Your technician will handle all necessary paperwork relating to your annual inspection, then we will remind you when your next annual backflow test is due so your property remains in good standing with the local water authority.
A Roto-Rooter backflow expert can also inspect your plumbing system to verify that your property is equipped with proper backflow device or devices.
Call or schedule your backflow test today and rely on Roto-Rooter to help keep your property and water safe.
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