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Backflow Testing Could Save Your Family Member’s Lives

There may be countless things that you do regularly to keep your family
safe and healthy, but you may be overlooking one critical task. If you
are like many others, you may assume that the
water that flows into your home is healthy to drink, but the unfortunate truth is that the cleanliness of your water can change
quickly and without notice. Drinking contaminated water can result in
very serious health issues or even in fatalities in some cases, and you
can easily prevent this from happening by scheduling periodic backflow testing.

What Is a Backflow Device?

In many home plumbing systems, a device known as a backflow preventer is
installed in the network of pipes. It helps to minimize the risk of contaminated
water from flowing back into the home. Generally, this will occur when
the delicate balance of water pressure in your plumbing system adjusts.
Water pressure can adjust due to everything from a plumbing leak in your
home to an issue with the city water supply, such as a water main leak
or a routine flushing of the fire hydrants. It only takes a small pressure
adjustment to cause contaminated water to flow backward into your home
instead of away from the home. The backflow device is sensitive to these
adjustments and will prevent contaminated water from entering the home.

What is Backflow Testing?

The device is designed to work without fail, but all mechanical components
will need to be serviced from time to time. Backflow testing is typically
performed by a plumber. The plumber will inspect the valve in its current
state as well as when a controlled pressure adjustment is made to the
plumbing system. This will give the plumber greater insight regarding
how functional and effective the device is. If a replacement or repair
needs to be made, it will typically be made during the test.Ruston Backflow Testing Services

How Frequently Should Backflow Testing Be Completed?

A backflow test is actually required by law in some areas. If you are interested
in learning how frequently to perform the test, you should first learn
if testing is required by law where you live. The legal requirements for
testing should be a basis for determining how frequently you schedule
the test. If a test is not required, a good rule of thumb is to schedule
a test every year.

Backflow testing is a simple and easy way to keep your family safe. Water
contamination can happen anywhere, and this test will help to ensure that
your backflow device functions well when needed.

Want more information on back-flow testing in the Ruston area? Just call
Mark Johnson Plumbing at (318) 257-6167 to take the proper precautions.