The 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.
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.