When the direction of water or sewer is reversed in a home’s or city’s plumbing systems, this is known as a backflow. This can actually lead to causes for serious health risks as there may be a case of contamination of the water as a result of the siphonage or back-pressure. When the pressure of the water so happens to fall so low, there happens to be a reversal in the direction of the water and this is the main cause of siphonage. This is mainly caused by a break in the mains water supply lines.
Looking at back-pressure, this is often caused where the downstream pressure is significantly higher than that of the supply chain. The cause of this is most commonly issues of there being some defects on the equipments such as the pumping systems being defective. Where these are not closely monitored by inspections and prevention strategies, you need to be aware of the fact that backflow actually happens to be such a sure cause and threat to cause illnesses and even at sometimes get so extreme as to cause deaths.
Since these actually happen to be as so mentioned above, it is as such a fact that backflow testing can actually get to go such a long way in helping you prevent contamination and improve the health and quality of life in the home. As a matter of fact, there are quite a number of specific health related issues that can be kept at bay through backflow testing.
Taking a look at history, we have it so established that a number of the major outbreaks that we have witnessed in the past in some of our major cities and towns, be it for dysentery, typhoid or salmonella, all these have been attributed to cases of backflow. In the modern society, some of the results of backflow have been seen in the cases of there being traces of some of the industrial chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and insecticides having found their way into the water meant for domestic use all thanks to issues of backflow. All said and done, one very common problem that has been as a result of backflow is that of sewer backups.
Backflow testing will actually serve to ensure that the devices for the prevention of backflows, the backflow preventers, are actually working as they should be. The backflow preventers are basically placed in the plumbing cross connections, the particular points where the drinking water face the highest threat of getting contaminated. This done, as a homeowner you need to as well be alive still to the fact that backflow can as well happen outside the confines of the home.