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Backflow Testing Could Save Your Family Member's Lives

Many homeowners are not aware of what a backflow device is or how it works. More than that, they are not aware that the device could potentially save the lives of their family members, and it requires periodic testing to ensure that it is still in good condition.

With a closer look at what this device is and how it works, you may determine that now is a great time to contact a plumbing professional to schedule backflow testing.

The Importance of Water Pressure With Your Plumbing System

One of the critical components that impacts your plumbing system is water pressure. Anything from a leak in your home's pipes to a water main break down the street or water hydrant flushing can alter the water pressure and can cause waste water to flow back into your home's fresh water supply.

You may think that this adjustment in water pressure would need to be significant to cause an issue in your home, but this is not the case. Even a small fluctuation in the water pressure could result in your home's fresh water drinking supply becoming contaminated.

How a Backflow Device Works

Many homes are equipped with a backflow device, and each municipality may have different requirements for them. Generally, homes that have an irrigation system or other special features are required to have a backflow device, and others may have one as an option or upgrade. This device is very sensitive to changes in water pressure, and if it senses a negative adjustment to water pressure, it will flush water out of the home rather than allow contaminated water into the home.

When to Schedule Service

A backflow device can be a life-saving feature for homeowners and their families. However, like most mechanical features, it can break or develop wear and tear. Because of this, it is necessary for the device to be inspected and serviced from time to time.

Some municipalities have requirements that the backflow device must be inspected every year or two, and you may want to check with your own municipality regarding rules that you must comply with. If you are not required to have yours inspected, a good rule of thumb is to schedule an inspection annually.

Drinking contaminated water can cause serious illness or death. One of the best ways to prevent this in your home is to install and maintain a backflow device. If you are interested in learning more about your device, contact a plumber today.

Want more information on back-flow testing in your Franklin area? Just call Kellie Plumbing at (317) 738-2707!