Most municipal codes will require a backflow prevention device be installed at each cross-connection point found within the plumbing systems of apartments, condominiums, food establishments, and most public and commercial places. The type of backflow preventer required will be contingent upon the degree of hazard present on the premises.
What is Backflow?
Potable (clean) water flows under pressure through municipal water lines to homes and businesses. Backflow occurs when dirty water flows in reverse through the clean water lines. Dirty water can be contaminated with feces, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizer and other hazardous materials, presenting serious health hazards to the occupants of the building. This can occur at cross-connections between potable and nonpotable water in any residential, commercial or industrial system.
Better safe than sorry, right? A backflow prevention device typically consists of a pair of mechanical check valves that prevent dirty water from flowing back into the clean water supply in the event of an unexpected or drastic change in water pressure. When properly installed and maintained, a backflow preventer will keep drinking water safe and free of harmful contaminants.
Backflow valves, by law, must be inspected annually to facilitate proper operation and to keep the property in compliance with the local code. You run the risk of having your fresh water supply interrupted and your business receive a fine if backflow testing isn’t completed in a timely manner.
LA Metro Plumbing technicians perform annual backflow testing, repairs, installation and backflow certification of all types of prevention devices. Your technician will take care of all the paperwork relating to your annual inspection, then we will give you a reminder when your next annual backflow test is due. You want to make sure your property remains in good standing with the local water authority in order to prevent any sort of fines, interruptions, and worst of all, issues with backflow.
An LA Metro Plumbing backflow expert can also inspect your plumbing system to verify that your property is equipped with proper backflow device or devices.
Give LA Metro Plumbing a call today, and schedule a backflow test with one of our qualified technicians, who will ensure that your property and the water running to it are in safe and sanitary condition.
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