We’d like to believe that the water we use is always safe. However, sometimes water can become polluted from water pressure shifts or one-way flow disruptions. When this happens, backflow can occur.
Backflow is the unwanted reversal of the flow of water from its intended direction in a pipe or plumbing system. The biggest problem with backflow is that it can allow drinking water to become contaminated and unusable. This unsafe water can also taint dishwashers, washing machines, sprinkler systems and toilet tanks, making it important for businesses and facilities to solve the issue quickly.
By ensuring your business or commercial building has the proper technology installed, you will prevent this common plumbing issue from occurring. Backflow preventers are mechanical plumbing devices that stop the water from flowing in the wrong direction. If a drop in water pressure occurs, the valve will open up and dump the potentially contaminated water. It’s important for businesses and facilities that have a potential backflow hazard to install the appropriate backflow prevention technology.
Another important solution for potential backflow hazards is to have the plumbing system and backflow prevention technology tested annually by a certified plumbing or facility management company. These annual check-ins will ensure you have the proper devices installed and that they are up to code. Scheduling this inspection will also allow any needed repairs to be resolved beforehand, preventing the backflow from happening in the first place.
Backflow can be a major problem for any company’s plumbing system. However, it can be easily prevented through modern technology and simple solutions. It is important to ensure that these systems are in place for your business or facility, and to have your system tested annually. To learn more about backflow prevention and how MaintenX’s skilled technicians can help, please call us at 855–751- 0075.