Keeping your home or business’ pipes functioning properly is essential, especially when it comes to allowing seemingly small issues to grow into larger, more expensive, and cumbersome headaches. Backflow testing is one of the most important preventative actions you can take to ensure your pipes are functioning properly.
However, backflow testing is often overlooked by both homeowners and companies alike. While it’s a straightforward process, it can save you significant sums in the long run, especially if your pipes are older. But what, exactly, is backflow testing, and why is it important? Let’s answer these questions.
Before we answer this question, let’s establish what backflow is. Backflow is when dirty water in your pipes reverses flow. So, rather than flowing away, it flows back towards your drains. This process can occur at any cross-connection point in your pipes where clean and dirty water lines intersect. Backflow is usually caused by a drastic change in water pressure, which can occur for a number of reasons.
Not only is this problematic for your pipes’ structural integrity and proper functionality, but it can also be a significant health risk; contaminated water may mix with potable water, which can cause several health complications. These contaminants include material like human waste, chemical, or pesticides and, if not addressed immediately, can cause serious public health issues.
Don’t worry, though. These problems are easily preventable with routine and proper backflow testing. The test covers two main areas. First and foremost, the test reveals whether or not backflow is occurring. If it is, the test can then determine why it is happening and can then move forward with providing a solution to the issue.
To determine if backflow is present and what is causing it, Economy Plumbing Services will inspect your pipes by closing valves on the testing device. Your trained plumber will check for changes in gauge movement, leakage, and any other occurrences that should not be present in properly functioning pipes.
To perform the test, your plumber will need to shut off your home or commercial space’s water for some time. It’s important for landlords, property managers, and others who are responsible for the building’s functionality to inform anyone who might be impacted during the test.
During the test, your plumber will ensure a few criteria are met. First, they will make sure that valves are intact and prevent any backflow from occurring. They’ll also make sure that all air ports are functional properly and open when needed.
This fairly straightforward test ensures that not only are your pipes functioning properly, but you’re maintaining a clean and healthy environment whether in your home, place of business, or in a public space.
Backflow testing is an important part of maintaining a healthy home and workplace. When you reach out to Economy Plumbing Services to schedule your test, you can rest assured that our trusted plumbers will inspect each element of your pipes to ensure properly working pipes. Schedule your appointment today.