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Sep 04 2015

The 411 on Backflow Prevention

Why should your business be concerned about backflow prevention? Protecting your commercial property should always be a top priority. Backflow prevention keeps water drinkable and usable by stopping toxins from contaminating the clean water used in toilets, faucets, drinking fountains, and more. In fact, businesses that do not take the necessary precautions to prevent backflow are not only creating poor working conditions, but they’re in violation of the law.

What Is Backflow?

Backflow occurs when water flows the wrong way in piping from an unwanted source such as a municipal septic system or a public or private sewer line. Commercial plumbers deal with two kinds of backflow situations: backpressure and back-siphonage. Let’s take a moment to explain the difference. Backpressure- There are three reasons why this problem may occur:

  • An increase of downstream pressure in a public water supply
  • Drop in potable water supply
  • Increase in boiler temperature

Back-siphonage – When pressure releases, back-siphonage can occur. It is common for this to happen when a water main break or when there is an increase in water usage. For example, during drought conditions when public water supplies are under high demand, back-siphonage can be common. Commercial properties have devices in place to prevent backflow, but if the prevention device is not working correctly it possible for pesticides, industrial pollutants, sewage, and other contaminants to creep into your clean water supply. It can also lead to poor water conservation. For these reasons, we recommend that businesses have their backflow prevention device tested yearly to identify weak spots.

Should I Just Call a Backflow Prevention Service?

You could, but you’ll likely not get the same preventive service as you would with a full-service plumbing company like Rooter Hero Plumbing. Commercial plumbing contractors will not only service the prevention device but will also perform the following tasks for you:

  • Submit inspection forms to local water company
  • Perform repairs necessary to get the system up and running again (some backflow prevention services only evaluate the device and make suggestions for repairs)

Rooter Hero Plumbing will provide you with an upfront, free estimate and go over the costs before any work begins. Have additional questions about backflow prevention devices or repair and replacement service? Give a Rooter Hero Plumbing associate a call today. We’re available 24/7 to answer questions and respond to backflow emergencies.

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