Did you know that nearly all municipal codes require commercial properties to install a backflow prevention device? This device is installed wherever a cross-connection point exists in commercial properties. Plumbing systems in multi-unit housing units, healthcare facilities, and other public places require backflow systems in place. Also, annual inspections of these systems are required to prevent leaks and contamination hazards. Many of our commercial customers have questions about backflow prevention services and other devices like flushometers. Luckily, we have the answers to make it easier to understand how this device works.
What Is Backflow?
All buildings have water lines that deliver clean water. These lines remove dirty water from the premises. Dirty water contains waste matter from things such as feces, pesticides, and other matter contaminated with hazardous material. The cross-connection point is the section of piping where the lines carrying potable (clean) water and dirty water meet. When a system isn’t in place preventing the clean and dirty water from contacting each other, contamination occurs.
Backflow happens in any type of building, including residential and industrial buildings. Municipal codes don’t regulate backflow prevention for residential properties like they do commercial properties because residential properties don’t pose a large public health threat. When you need backflow help, a commercial plumbing service manages backflow problems.
Backflow prevention sounds complicated but requires only a pair of mechanical check values. These values exist to keep dirty water from flowing into the clean water supply. When water pressure drops unexpectedly at the cross-connection point, drinking water becomes contaminated if there is no backflow preventer. The best way to prevent contamination is to make sure the backflow device is always working.
As stated previously, annual backflow testing is required for commercial properties to make certain the building is in compliance with the municipal code.
What happens if I miss my annual inspection?
Missing backflow testing puts your business’ operation in jeopardy. Fines or forced shutdowns happen often until the testing is complete.
Not only do we install backflow prevention devices, but we also perform annual testing and submit the results and paperwork to the correct municipal department. We back all of our services by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and available around the clock for your convenience. While we’re at your business, why not take advantage of our commercial drain cleaning and leak detection services to keep the water flowing and prevent clogs?
Don’t put your building at risk of contamination. Call us today to schedule backflow prevention services.