Prevent Plumbing Scares With Backflow Testing

What Backflow Really Means

Most homeowners fear backflow because it can be embarrassing and expensive. The term “backflow” describes wastewater that flows in the opposite direction. Washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets can all have issues with backflow. 

Backflow Is Dangerous

waterIn addition to foul odors, backflow can contaminate drinking water. This happens when a connection from the drinking supply mixes with a wastewater system. One may find toxic water in multiple drains throughout the house.  

Both the house and household suffer from backflow. While certain types of wastewater are noticeable, not all backflow is easy to detect. Cracks along the wall may indicate leaks from a corroded pipe. Backflow can damage the walls and drains.

Water contamination is a serious health threat. Dirty water containing sewage, medication, or toxic chemicals can be hazardous for children and adults. Contamination can happen in several ways, and municipal sources are often to blame. Nearby naval bases, agricultural facilities, and golf courses can all contribute to the particles in the wastewater. 

The history of backflow diseases stretches back to the early 20th century. Typhoid, infectious hepatitis and salmonella are just a few diseases linked to backflow. The impact of contaminated water on the skin can cause long-lasting marks. Blisters from dirty shower water are not uncommon.

Poor sanitation systems can lead to cholera, hepatitis A, and polio transmission. Other health risks include E Coli, giardia, and skin irritation. Contaminated drinking water can occur in any country, including the United States. 

How To Prevent Backflow

Backflow testing helps homeowners understand if their water is contaminated. A certified backflow tester can gauge how the water is moving by using a testing device that involves gate and relief valves. 

Plumbers can tell if the airports are opening correctly and if there are any leaks within the piping. Plumbers also check to see if water is moving at a consistent speed. If a backflow preventer device is broken, one should install a new one. 

Backflow prevention devices provide open space within the plumbing system. Usually, this takes the form of a faucet or valve. Trained technicians will know how much space is necessary for up-to-date plumbing codes. 

One can install a preventer valve in different locations depending on where the contamination entered the pipes. It is difficult to know where the problem lies and how to fix it without accurate testing. 

The Environmental Protection Agency requires water suppliers to maintain clean water for public health reasons. Routine backflow testing is advised to avoid fines and potential disease. 

Why Are Backflow Testing Services Important?

testingBackflow testing is crucial for the health of a household. Since not all backwater is noticeable, testing is used to accurately assess pollution. 

Municipal codes mandate routine backflow testing to keep the water supply safe. Scheduling an annual test can prevent contaminated water from causing rashes, GI symptoms, and serious health conditions.

About E.R. Services

E.R. Services gives back to the Charlotte community by partnering with local charities like Steve’s Coats for Kids. While testing for backflow, customers can know they are making a difference within their community. Instead of facing a potential plumbing nightmare, call E.R. Services in Charlotte, North Carolina for backflow testing.

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