When water reverses its flow back into clean water lines, this is called backflow. Backflow poses a serious risk to your health and property, bringing contaminated and unclean water back into your living space.
Backflow vs. Backup
Water backflow and backup are two separate issues. Simply having standing water in your sink or shower is considered a backup. But when wastewater is coming back into your space through the sink, toilet, or shower drain, this is backflow.
While backflow is the less common of the two, it does pose a greater concern. Backflow water is polluted; feces, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, and other hazardous materials can all be present.
Prevention = Protection
The best protection against this problem is prevention. A backflow prevention device is relatively simple, consisting of two of mechanical check valves to prevent dirty water from flowing back into the clean water supply. This can happen unexpectedly when there is a drastic change in water pressure; something that can be caused by ruptured lines or natural disasters. In other words, backflow is usually caused by problems you can’t prevent with normal maintenance.
Because you never know when something like this might happen, it’s important to be well prepared. When properly installed and maintained, a backflow preventer will keep your family’s drinking water clean and safe. Your service provider will advise you on a maintenance schedule and regular checks.
Hammond Services: Your Local Backflow Prevention Experts
Our technicians will handle all essential paperwork regarding your annual inspection, and we’ll also remind you when your annual backflow test comes due. We’ll keep your property in good standing with the state and local water authorities, and ensure your family has clean water to drink.
Don’t take unnecessary risks with your health or property. Contact the professionals at Hammond Services with the experience, training, and tools to install the right backflow prevention system in your home.