The reversal of waterflow, referred to as backflow, may cause contaminants, usually from commercial buildings, to seep into the public water supply. This is a potential health risk to people in the community, so it’s essential that commercial and industrial sites take steps to prevent it. Rules regarding preventive measures vary based on location, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations that your city has put in place to keep your community safe.
What preventive measures should you take?
In order to effectively prevent backflow, a cross-connection control survey should be conducted. Cross-connections are actual or potential connections between the source of the contaminant and the public water supply. During the survey, a Certified Backflow Tester will identify all cross-connections in your building and determine which type of backflow prevention device you need.
What prevents the backflow?
Backflow prevention devices are installed in plumbing systems to prevent contaminated water from flowing in the wrong direction. The type of device you need will depend on how hazardous the cross-connections are. Annual tests need to be carried out on the device by a certified backflow tester to ensure that it hasn’t been damaged or worn out since the last inspection.
What happens if your drinking water becomes contaminated?
Different contaminants pose different degrees of risk, ranging from a slight inconvenience to, in extreme cases, death. If you suspect that your water supply is contaminated, contact a plumber immediately. Strong smells and discoloured water are both potential signs of backflow and indicate that a professional licensed plumber should be called in as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid consuming or using the water supply.
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What should you know if you live in Hamilton or the surrounding area?
The City of Hamilton has a bylaw requiring owners of industrial, institutional, commercial and multi-residential properties with four or more stories to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of backflow. Additionally, the municipalities in this area require that cross-connection surveys and the installation of backflow prevention devices be carried out by a certified backflow tester.
Hire a Certified Backflow Tester Today!
At Pitton Plumbing & Heating Inc., we have certified backflow testers on our team who can conduct cross-connection control surveys, install backflow prevention devices and carry out annual testing. Afterward, we submit your test report to the appropriate City officials. Keeping our drinking water free of contaminants is our number one priority. Contact us for more information about our plumbing services or to schedule a service call.