Back flow Prevention
To eliminate backflow or cross contamination a back flow prevention device is installed in your water system. Backflow happens as a result of cross connection in your water system.
A backflow prevention device is used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow. In water supply systems, water is normally maintained at a significant pressure to enable water to flow from the tap, shower, or other fixture. Water pressure may fail or be reduced when a water main bursts, pipes freeze, or there is unexpectedly high demand on the water system (for example, when several fire hydrants are opened). Reduced pressure in the pipe may allow contaminated water from the soil, from storage, or from other sources to be drawn up into the system.
CROSS CONNECTION CAUSES
When drinking water piping connects to various plumbing fixtures or water utilizing equipment a cross-connection is created. If improperly protected, contamination can result when a backflow event occurs, allowing contaminates to reverse flow from the fixture/equipment back into the drinking water piping.
Yes. Backflow can be a serious health risk for the contamination of potable water supplies with foul water. We recommend you contact a professional plumber skilled in cross connection issues if you suspect you may have a backflow problem. Our team at Billy the Sunshine Plumber are here to help.