Just in case you’re unfamiliar with what backflow is, it’s the undesirable reversal of the flow of water into your potable water supply. To further this explanation, think grey water (water used for showering, dishwashing, etc) chemicals or pesticides, or even sewage all making their way into the water supply for your home.
Backflow is not only gross but can pose serious health risks. Most cities mandate backflow testing be performed regularly, and if they don’t, it should be done anyway.
At Lascko Services we offer backflow testing and certification to ensure that your home is protected at all times.
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What Causes Backflow?
Your faucets only flow in one direction, so why would there be a reversal? There are a few causes that can lead to this. These include:
- Fire hydrant use due to a fire
- Fire hydrant flushing
- City water main breaks
- Water service break at your home or in your neighborhood
- Water leak in a pipe at your house
Any one of these, or a combination of these occurrences, can cause backflow into your water supply. This is because normally your pipes contain enough pressure to push water to the faucet on demand.
When any of these occurrences happen, the needed pressure drops which allow any undesirable fluids or substances into your pipes and eventually into your sink, shower, and appliances.
Backflow Testing Is Key
While some homeowners may be hesitant to go through the expense of getting their homes and backflow preventers tested, it’s a necessary practice that’s done for a good cause.
Obviously there are a number of reasons that backflow can happen, and even more possibilities of substances that could creep into your water. Although a liquid like sewage or maybe grey water would be obvious, chemicals or pesticides wouldn’t be as noticeable.
Backflow testing can ensure your backflow preventer is working properly. Not only will it give you peace of mind, it’ll also give you the certificate needed for your city.
Choosing a Backflow Preventer Device
If you’ve read the above information and still don’t have a backflow preventer, what are you waiting for? These devices prevent you from washing in dirty water as well as prevent sickness or illness spread by non-potable water.
There are a number of devices on the market ranging over all price levels. Not only do they range in price levels, but they also range in their uses. To give you an idea, the most common backflow preventers are:
- Pressure Vacuum Breakers
- Double Check Valves
- Reduced Pressure Zone Assemblies
- Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker Assemblies
That list might sound a bit complicated, but with the help of our experts at Lascko Services you can easily enjoy expert installation of a long-lasting backflow preventer.
Make the Right Call
There are a number of plumbing services available. However, not many have long-standing community relations, flat-rate pricing, or on-time service. Lascko Services has been serving homeowners in and around Muskegon since 1999, and we’d like to help you protect your home from backflow.
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