A backflow is the situation where it so happens that the direction of water in a home’s or city’s plumbing system is reversed. This quite happens to pause such a health risk to the users of these systems as there may be an end result in the contamination of the water thanks to siphonage or back-pressure. When the pressure of the water so happens to fall so low, there happens to be a reversal in the direction of the water and this is the main cause of siphonage. This is mainly caused by a break in the mains water supply lines.
On the other hand, back-pressure is caused where there happens to be such a high pressure of the downstream pressure as opposed to the pressure of the supply line. The cause of this is most commonly issues of there being some defects on the equipments such as the pumping systems being defective. In the event that these happen to not be so closely monitored by testing and prevention, backflow actually happens to be so serious and can cause illnesses as already mentioned and to the extreme side can be a cause for fatalities.
Looking at the facts above stated, it is as such a fact that backflow testing can greatly serve to prevent contamination and as such protect the health and quality of life of your household. As a matter of fact, there are quite a number of specific health related issues that can be kept at bay through backflow testing.
Taking a look at history, we have it so established that a number of the major outbreaks that we have witnessed in the past in some of our major cities and towns, be it for dysentery, typhoid or salmonella, all these have been attributed to cases of backflow. In the modern society, some of the results of backflow have been seen in the cases of there being traces of some of the industrial chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and insecticides having found their way into the water meant for domestic use all thanks to issues of backflow. All said and done, one very common problem that has been as a result of backflow is that of sewer backups.
These as such point to the significance of backflow testing as they are basically the procedures that will certainly serve to help you ensure that your backflow preventers, the particular devices that have been installed in the plumbing systems to prevent backflows, are indeed working and in the right order to serve at their best. The backflow preventers are basically placed in the plumbing cross connections, the particular points where the drinking water face the highest threat of getting contaminated. But you as well need to beware of the fact that backflow can as well happen outside the home.