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Profesional Backflow Testing In Bethel Park

Backflow testingThe licensed plumbers at G.I. Plumbing are always here to assist you with any water leak or plumbing issues in your Bethel Park home. In addition, we believe that it is our responsibility as experts in the plumbing industry to help you keep your loved ones and home safe from plumbing-related hazards. And one of the areas we focus on to help you keep your home’s water supply safe is backflow prevention. Our technicians are certified to install backflow prevention devices and to administer the annually required backflow testing to ensure that your home’s water is safe from contamination that could be back siphoned into your water lines. Please contact us at (412)866-2719 to schedule backflow testing or to learn more about the importance of backflow prevention in your Bethel Park home.

Understanding Backflow

In the perfect world, water would only flow one direction. So when fresh water was flowing into your home from the city water supply, you would know that it was pure and safe to consume. However, water flow is dictated by water pressure. Water always flows in the direction of the highest force. And when that pressure changes in a series of pipes, like your home and the city water main, the water could change direction if there is no backflow prevention built into the system.

A backflow prevention device is designed to stop water from being pulled back into the city water main and contaminating the supply should there be a significant loss of water pressure. For example, if a city water line breaks or there is a large fire that demands a great deal of water for city fire hydrants, the city main’s water pressure could drop below the water pressure in homes and businesses throughout the city. The result is water flowing from private homes, commercial properties, and even irrigation systems into the city water main. And there is no way to know what that water is also transporting into the water supply. Backflow prevention devices eliminate the potential for our city water supply to be contaminated by water flowing back into city water lines from any other piping.

The Potential Health Hazards Related To Backflow

At first thought, you might not be concerned about drinking water from your neighbor’s house. But the concern is not really related to water that was inside the pipes of other homes. These safety issues are more directed at the water coming from:
Clearly, all of these substances are undesirable in your drinking water and could cause illnesses. But when backflow prevention is properly installed on all water lines in the system, you no longer need to worry about contaminants flowing backward and entering the water supply.

How A Backflow Prevention Device Works

There are many different types of backflow prevention devices for various applications. But the critical similarity is that all of them contain a valve that allows water to flow in only one direction. This function depends on several components that can include springs, levers, diaphragms, and other parts to ensure the direction of the water flow. Unfortunately, as with all mechanical devices, these parts can wear out or become damaged. For that reason, annual backflow testing is required to ensure that each device is in good working order and continues to protect the Bethel Park water supply from contamination.

Scheduling Your Home's Backflow Testing

Testing the backflow at your home is a simple and affordable way to ensure that our water supply remains safe. The licensed plumbers at G.I. Plumbing are certified by the state to perform backflow testing and record the results of all functional backflows. In addition, our experts are skilled and making any repair needed to fix a backflow prevention device that does not pass the state-required testing. Call (412)866-2719 today for affordable backflow testing from the experts you know you can trust for honesty, integrity, and affordable solutions to any backflow prevention problems.