It’s easy for homeowners to assume that the water flowing through their pipes is always traveling in the proper direction, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, an event will take place that causes the water flow to reverse its direction, and start flowing toward the house. This phenomenon is called backflow, and it can end up bringing a lot of nasty substances into your home if you don’t have it dealt with promptly.
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The Need for Backflow Testing
When there is a disruption in the flow of water in your home, it is important that you don’t use the water for drinking or bathing until backflow testing has been completed. A reversal in the water flow can mean harmful bacteria and organisms are coming into your home, and the possibility of serious illness is high. Most homeowners are probably unaware that the water inside their pipes has changed direction, but if you’ve had a disruption, it’s better to play it safe and call your local plumber for advice. That one phone call could prevent everyone in your home from being exposed to dangerous organisms.
How Does Backflow Testing Work?
When you decide to commence with backflow testing, a technician will show up at your house and test the water flow inside the pipes. This helps him determine if there have been any recent changes that could possibly cause trouble. The water is tested to ensure there are no microscopic contaminants and if there is any debris inside the pipes it is cleaned out. After the testing has been completed and you get the go-ahead, you can use your water normally once again.
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Why Backflow Is Dangerous
Since water is such a hospitable home for a variety of pathogens, bacteria, and other dangerous organisms, it makes sense that backflow is something to be feared. If the water flow in your pipes has been interrupted, you may end up having these organisms in your household water supply, so having your water tested as soon as possible is a must. Keep your family safe and take action if you feel backflow is an issue.