Backflow Prevention Services in Topeka
In Topeka and the surrounding area, the municipal code requires backflow prevention devices to be installed at all cross-connection points in the plumbing systems of commercial places like apartments, condos, and restaurants to protect public drinking water. Residential systems that can present a health hazard, like homes with a pool or irrigation system, are also required to have a backflow device. The type of backflow that is required at a particular location is determined by the degree of hazard present.
The experienced plumbers at Pat Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning are highly trained and have years of experience with backflow services including installation, testing, and repairs. We can first install a backflow prevention device to keep your water clean. Once installed, we can test and certify these devices once a year and replace them, as necessary, to comply with plumbing regulations.
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What is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when non-potable water, or dirty water, reverse flows through the clean water lines that normally bring potable water through municipal water lines into homes and businesses. Dirty water can be a serious health hazard, and can be contaminated with any number of things including feces, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizer and other hazardous materials. Backflow can occur at any cross-sections between potable and non-potable water in any residential, commercial or industrial system.
Backflow Prevention Devices
Backflow prevention devices are usually made of a pair of mechanical check valves that work to prevent dirty water from flowing back into the clean water supply. This can happen when the pressure in your plumbing exceeds the pressure in the water distribution system. This can also occur by reduced water pressure. A properly installed and maintained backflow prevention device will keep drinking water safe during these potentially dangerous situations.
Backflow Testing and Certification
Backflow testing devices and valves must be inspected once a year to ensure they are working properly and to keep you in compliance with plumbing regulations. In fact, if you are a business and do not test your device, you could be fined and further suffer an interruption in fresh water supply. Our experienced plumbers will also complete all paperwork related to your annual inspection. We will remind you of your next backflow testing date to ensure you remain in compliance with plumbing regulations.
Keep your water safe by calling or scheduling your backflow test today.