In a world where so many facets of life are overlooked, clean water is not. That’s where the bigger percentage of the world agrees. It’s hard to imagine life without it.
One of the biggest challenges that compromise your ability to get clean water is having to deal with backflow.
What exactly is backflow?
This term refers to water flowing opposite to the direction it is supposed to.
Most public and private water systems are in a sort of cross-connection where the main water source is split into different lines, some containing potable, while some non-potable water.
And ideally, water is supposed to flow in a unidirectional manner; clean water enters while dirty water exits.
However, sometimes, as a result of the cross-connections, the waters may happen to flow in reverse directions, which of course results in severe contamination of the clean water.
Even though the US prides itself in having some of the safest public water systems, research shows that 32million people in the country suffer from acute gastrointestinal illnesses each year.
To combat the backflow problem, it is essential to identify if you’re dealing with one, which is where backflow testing comes in.
A plumber will assess your plumbing system, identify the issue at hand and recommend the proper backflow prevention technique.
A backflow prevention technique is vital in protecting your clean water. The two main types of backflow prevention techniques are:
- Air gap
This is a physical separation gap twice the water supply outlet diameter usually situated at the outlet point. It maintains a positive water pressure, but it doesn’t really prevent backflow.
- Backflow preventers
These are mechanical devices better at preventing backflow than air gaps. They come in so many forms, and your plumbing technician will recommend the best one for your situation.
Backflow is just one situation that can compromise your plumbing system; there are other problems you’ll likely experience. So, it would be better to contact plumbing services for a quick diagnosis.
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