A backflow is the situation where it so happens that the direction of water in a home’s or city’s plumbing system is reversed. By far and large, this actually happens to be a cause of threat and a risk to the safety of the consumers as a result of the cases of contamination of the waters due to siphonage and back-pressure. Siphonage happens to be when there is such a serious fall in the pressure of the water which in the end causes the direction of the water to change. Oftentimes this is the result of a break in the water mains supply lines.
Looking at back-pressure, this is often caused where the downstream pressure is significantly higher than that of the supply chain. The cause of this is most commonly issues of there being some defects on the equipments such as the pumping systems being defective. If at all these remain undetected thanks to lack of inspections and prevention strategies, then you need to know that you are running the risk of contracting some serious illnesses and diseases as we have already mentioned above in part and on the extreme cases cause fatalities.
Since these actually happen to be as so mentioned above, it is as such a fact that backflow testing can actually get to go such a long way in helping you prevent contamination and improve the health and quality of life in the home. As a matter of fact, there are quite a number of specific health related issues that can be kept at bay through backflow testing.
Taking a look at history, we have it so established that a number of the major outbreaks that we have witnessed in the past in some of our major cities and towns, be it for dysentery, typhoid or salmonella, all these have been attributed to cases of backflow. In the modern society, insecticides and other agricultural and industrial chemicals such as sodium hydroxide have all gotten into the plumbing systems and into the water for domestic use thanks to issues of backflow. This being as it is, the one rather common problem that has been witnessed as a result of backflow problems is that of sewer backups.
These as such point to the significance of backflow testing as they are basically the procedures that will certainly serve to help you ensure that your backflow preventers, the particular devices that have been installed in the plumbing systems to prevent backflows, are indeed working and in the right order to serve at their best. The particular devices, the backflow preventers, will actually be placed at the plumbing system’s cross connections, the points where it is most feared and susceptible, the home’s drinking water, to the risk of contamination. Nonetheless, you must as well be on your guard knowing that backflow can as well happen outside the home.