Water normally flows from a municipal water source to fixtures in your home or office. “Backflow” is a plumbing term used to describe any unwanted reversal in the normal flow of water, caused by a sudden change in water pressure. Without proper precautions, this reversal in water flow could contaminate the public water supply or your own drinking water.
Contamination is possible because of cross-connections, actual or potential connections between a public water source and a contaminant. Here are some common examples of cross-connections:
- In tubs, sinks and buckets… Hoses left submerged in swimming pools, tubs, kitchen or laundry sinks, can pull untreated water into your drinking water.
- Through your garden hose… chemical sprayers such as weed killers that are attached to a hose can backflow through your hose into your home’s plumbing system.
- Through your faucet… A faucet submerged in another liquid can be a cross-connection and substances could backflow into your plumbing.
The good news is that you can virtually eliminate the risk of backflow contamination by removing cross-connections and installing a well-maintained backflow preventer, also known as a backflow valve.
Morgan Miller Plumbing has you covered when it comes to backflow testing, repair, replacement, or installation. We can get (your entire backflow prevention system) valves tested, eliminate risky cross-connections, and as part of our premier services, provide copies of the test to both you and any municipalities involved.