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What is a backflow?

Drinking water flows from the source to your tap in pressurized water pipes. Normally it flows in one direction, although under certain circumstances it can flow in the opposite direction, or “backflow.” When backflow occurs, water runs backward through the water system. The water flowing backward could contain something that might contaminate the drinking water supply.


What is a cross connection?

A cross connection is any connection between piping that carries drinking water and the piping or fixtures that carry other types of water or substances that are not safe to drink or may affect the water’s taste or odor. Common cross connections include sprinkler and irrigation systems, hot tubs, fire systems, and auxiliary water systems (wells).  If you have any of these, call us today.

Is testing required?

Numerous state regulations require all backflow prevention devices to be tested annually. These devices are required to keep the water that passes through them and into the irrigation system from coming back into the water supply while protecting the quality and safety of the drinking water system. Just like the individual parts of your car, backflow prevention devices have parts that can break down and wear out. Annual backflow tests can help ensure the water supplied to your home remains safe.

Not sure whether your system needs a backflow assembly device needs tested?
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