Backflow Testing & Prevention
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What Is Backflow?
Backflow, the reverse flow of water into city water pipes, is a significant concern, especially during pressure changes in the pipes. These changes can happen during events like main water line breaks or when a fire hydrant is in use, causing water to flow backward. This backflow poses a serious threat to our drinking water, as it can lead to contamination with harmful substances such as fertilizers, human waste, and chlorine from pools and spas.
To combat this issue, backflow prevention systems are crucial. They act as one-way gates, ensuring water only flows from the city supply into home water lines, and preventing contaminated water from seeping back into the main water supply. This safeguard is vital for maintaining the safety and purity of public drinking water
How Does A Backflow Prevention System Work?
Backflow prevention systems are devices that only allow water to flow in one direction. It’s like a one-way gate allowing water from the city’s water supply to flow into your home’s water lines but stops water any time it starts to flow backwards into the main water supply.
At Roscoe Brown, we recommend you have a backflow preventer installed anywhere incoming water and wastewater might be cross-connected.