What is Backflow Testing?
“Backflow” is a term that is used to describe the process of how contaminated water finds its way into your home. This method takes place when clean water begins to reverse in the direction of the tainted water. Essentially the clean water begins to flush out, while the polluted water flows into the water tank within your home.
It is obvious why potentially ingesting contaminated water is dangerous to say the least. In fact, it can even be deadly with the amount of chemicals, feces, and fertilizers that continue mixing as more waste is being produced. If you are a new homeowner and have never heard of backflow testing, it is important that you get it done immediately as it is required by law in Illinois.
Contact Morrison Plumbing, Heating, and Air in the Belleville, Illinois area to schedule a licensed plumber to conduct your backflow test immediately.
Why is It Important?
If you live in an area where you are susceptible to contaminated water, like those living on farms or in the country, then it is important that you get a permanent backflow testing device installed in your home. This will ensure a piece of mind knowing that your water is constantly being filtered and tested for harmful bacteria.
If you do not have a backflow testing device in your home, it may not always be easy to identify when your water may be polluted. It could take weeks of you washing your hands, taking a shower, cooking, cleaning, and washing your clothes in tainted water to finally realize that something is off. This type of slow infiltration is a health hazard that can eventually get you, your children, and your pets sick.
How Does It Affect Me?
Not getting a backflow test done on your home can not only cause you to receive huge fines from the government, but it can also recklessly endanger the health of those in your community. Water pipes connected to your home are also connected to dozens and even hundreds of homes in the area surrounding you. If your water is contaminated, so are theirs. Only when the issue is discovered by a homeowner can a licensed plumbing company come to fix it.
If a homeowner refuses to get the testing done, this can result in their water being shut off until they meet the requirements of the water company. It is safe to say that backflow testing is essential to the health and operation of you and your community.