Your home is linked to a public water system via a cross-connection. This gives you access to the clean water that you use for drinking, showering, and cooling and heating your home. However, issues with the piping can lead to nasty and even dangerous problems. If you’ve ever experienced backflow, you know how unpleasant it can be. Here’s what you need to know about backflow prevention in your Florida home.
What Is Backflow?
Backflow is a problem that occurs when contaminated water backs up into the city’s public water system or into your home. A backflow occurs when there’s an issue with the pressure between the clean water coming into your home and the polluted water coming out.
Basically, if you’re using more water than what’s being provided, it will create a pressure problem. Issues with pumps, boilers, and water heaters may also cause pressure fluctuations and lead to backflow.
Is Backflow Dangerous?
Aside from creating an unsightly mess in your home, backflow can lead to some unpleasant smells and more pressing problems. Food in your garbage disposal can come back up through the sink. This is certainly unpleasant but not a major health hazard.
Used water can come back through the shower or toilet. This is a more serious contaminant hazard that’s dangerous to your health.
Will a Backflow Happen to You?
A backflow prevention device is used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow. In water supply systems, water is normally maintained at a significant pressure to enable water to flow from the tap, shower, or other fixtures. When you hear that the city or municipality states there is a boil water in effect it is because one of these devices failed to work properly. This is why every municipality requires each residential and commercial property to have these tested on an annual basis. Some municipalities will even shut off your water supply if you don’t comply.
So don’t wait for the City to shut you down call us at Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air for your backflow test today.
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