The Importance of Backflow Testing
Water contamination is a serious issue that impacts the lives of many people each year, and drinking contaminated water is known to cause illness and even death in some cases.
Many people who live in developed areas and who receive their home’s fresh water supply through a municipality believe that their risk of drinking contaminated water is very low.
However, this possibility may be higher than you might think, and drinking contaminated drinking water could be something that you or your family members may do if you do not take steps to prevent it from happening. A great way to reduce your risk of having contaminated water in your home is by setting up an appointment for backflow testing with a plumber.
How Your Home’s Water Could Become Contaminated
Contaminated water is a common issue that is often caused by a water pressure fluctuation. In most cases, there is an ideal amount of water pressure in the plumbing system to generate a full stream of fresh water through the pipes as needed, and there is also pressure that pulls the waste water away from the home.
When the pressure shifts, the waste water could flow back into the home, or it may flow into the fresh water. This could be sewer waste or dirty water from a home irrigation system.
A Preventative Device
Because this type of backflow issue is relatively common, many homes are built with a backflow preventer installed. This device services the critical purpose of monitoring water pressure, and it is highly sensitive to even a small adjustment in pressure. If a pressure change is sensed, the device will cause a valve to close.
When this happens, the backflow issue will be prevented. This entire process can happen in a matter of seconds, and this means that this is the fastest and most effective way to prevent backflow contamination.
Schedule A Backflow Test
Backflow preventers are designed to function without fail so that you do not have to worry about water contamination.
However, the devices can break or malfunction, and if this happens, the results can be disastrous for you and your family.
A backflow test is designed to verify that the device is functioning properly for you, and this test should be completed by a licensed, trained plumber.
If your device has not been tested recently, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with a plumber.
Want more information on backflow testing in your Naperville area? Just call Jim Wagner Plumbing at (630) 577-9341, and take the proper precautions.