West Palm Beach Backflow Prevention
Helping You Protect Your Water Supply
We often take for granted that the water coming out of our faucets is safe to drink – but did you know that it is your backflow prevention device that ensures your potable water isn’t contaminated? It is required in all Palm Beach County cities and municipalities to have backflow tested and certified annually or your water can be turned off by your local city inspector. Should you suspect your backflow prevention device is not operating correctly or if it has been a long time since it was last inspected, call in the experts at Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air. Our team of dedicated, experienced plumbers in West Palm Beach can answer all of your questions and ensure your family’s safety.
Set up an backflow prevention device inspection by calling (561) 708-4989.
It’s Time for a Backflow Prevention Test!
When was the last time you had your backflow prevention device tested? According to Florida law, your backflow prevention device needs to be tested every two years for residential customers, and every year for commercial customers. If you don’t, your water service could be shut down by the city! Don’t wait for that to happen—call our West Palm Beach plumbers and schedule a backflow prevention test today!
Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air is proud to offer backflow prevention tests for the low price of just $29.99*, a savings of over $50 off the regular price of $86! Our backflow prevention device test will be performed by a licensed backflow prevention tester, who will provide you with certification should your device pass. If it doesn’t pass, we can even help you by repairing it or installing an entirely new one at a reasonable rate so there’s as little delay in your service as possible.
Call Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air at (561) 708-4989 today book your appointment!
*$29.99 special price includes testing of up to 2'' backflow prevention devices.
Advantages of Backflow Devices
Your plumbing system is set up to have water flow in one direction, from the municipal water supply into your home and then down your drains and into the sewer system. Backflow refers to water flowing in the opposite direction. This happens when the pressure in your plumbing system is out of balance and typically is the result of a sudden drop in water pressure.
Backflow is dangerous and has the potential to contaminate your water supply, but a backflow prevention device protects you in the event there is a change in pressure. There are many causes of backflow, some originating in your home’s plumbing system and some in the municipal system.
Ways Your Home’s Drinking Water Can Become Contaminated:
- Backpressure & Back-Siphoning: Back-siphoning occurs when the pressure is lowered in the supply line leading from the municipal water source to your home. This may be the result of a broken water hydrant, cracks in the water main, as well as general maintenance to local water systems. Backpressure, on the other hand, happens when your plumbing system is connected to a water supply where the pressure is overly high. Common explanations for backpressure include additional water pumps, boilers, and lines running from higher structures to your home.
- Waste Products Seeping into Groundwater: There are millions of storage tanks buried underground across the U.S., many of which contain gas, oil, and other chemicals. When these tanks become corroded overtime, they may start to leak into groundwater, which is where the majority of our drinking water comes from. Other sources of groundwater contamination include septic systems, hazardous waste sites, and landfills.
- Parasitical Worms in Sprinkler Systems: If you have found parasitical worms, also known as nematodes, in your water system, chances are it may be because something went wrong with the atmospheric pressure breaker on a nearby sprinkler system. When pressure in the municpal water system drops, pressure breakers can suck up anything in their path, including worms, and distribute them into the local water supply. The presence of these worms in your sinks, bathtub, or near other appliances and fixtures definitely merits calling a professional to check for backflow issues, and potentially examining neighboring irrigation systems.
- Runoff from Local Businesses When businesses use chemicals during maintenance and cleaning, those chemicals can sometimes seep into the local water supply if the businessowners are not paying close attention.
- Insecticides & Other Chemicals Being Used on Local Properties: Instances of the insecticide chlordane being back-siphoned into a water system have been reported in the past. This may occur when local pest control experts hook their equipment up to your home’s water supply. Chlordane and other insecticides are extremely toxic, so if you believe your plumbing has been infected with these chemicals, you should call a professional right away. Other reasons to call a professional would be if chemicals from road salts have contaminated your groundwater system. Fertilizers and various chemical products used on lawns, farms, and landscaping are also something to be extremely wary of.
Both residential and commercial properties are required to have backflow prevention devices installed and many cities require them to be tested annually to ensure they are in proper working order. Don’t wait for backflow to contaminate your water supply – schedule an inspection with an experienced West Palm Beach plumber at Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air.
We Go the Extra Mile for You
At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air, our plumbers are fully certified and highly trained in backflow testing, certification, repairs, and replacement. We even remind you on a yearly basis when your annual inspection is due & call you to schedule your appointment in a timely fashion to make sure your water doesn’t get shut off.
With 55 years of combined experience, all of our backflow prevention repair technicians are thoroughly vetted because we believe in providing you with the best customer service possible and keep your drinking water safe & sound.
To schedule your backflow inspection and certification, call (561) 708-4989.