We’ve all seen the news reports about contaminated drinking water, and the horrifying stories associated with these reports. Serious health risks can accompany the presence of unpotable water, thus causing illness and prolonged complications to those who come into contact with it. Contaminated drinking water is not just a problem in underdeveloped countries, as we are also susceptible in our region as a result of backflow issues.
Backflow is a term used in the plumbing field to describe what happens when the flow of water reverses in the pipes. This can lead to untreated and undrinkable water to be brought into your home from public water systems. It can also cause the entire pipe configuration to become contaminated as well. As a result, many homeowners are faced with the reality of consuming water that may make them very ill.
While the public water companies are required to test their water, treat for issues, and identify contamination as soon as possible, it isn’t always recognized as quickly as it should be. Due to contamination of public water supplies, there can be a widespread issue as a result of backflow, and obviously, not everyone is going to catch the issue in time.
In order to rid your house of the potential for backflow, you’ll need to consult a professional plumber. A plumber can install a backflow prevention device that will block the flow of unusable water back into the public water system. It is installed at the entrance of your water lines, and can provide a reasonable amount of protection for your water supply.
Every month, you pay a water bill that you hope ensures a safe and clean flow of water into your home, but this isn’t always the case. If you think backflow may be an issue in your area, or more specifically, in your home, contact a plumber immediately. The plumber will be able to determine if there are cross connections in your area. These cross connections are typically the cause of backflow, and they will need to either be eliminated or rectified, and a professional can help.
If you have questions or concerns about backflow, we are certified to regulate backflow issues. Learn more on our backflow testing page or contact us to schedule an appointment.