When discussing plumbing issues which are underrated, unknown or unattended there are several problems that come to mind. However, the potential problem of backflow must be at the top of the list for everyone, whether residential or commercial. Backflow prevention is critical in preventing drinking water cross-connection contamination, yet surprisingly most people have no idea what backflow is.
Simply put, backflow is water flowing in the reverse direction in a unwanted manner. Some may think this is not a real big deal. However, it could become a very big deal if that backflow is caused by a contaminated source. This cross-connection of contaminated water could then cause serious health issues to those who use the water.
There are many sources that could have the potential for cross contaminating the public water supply. Some include garbage disposals, dishwashers, faucets with attached hose, hose bibs, toilets, hand held shower heads, whirlpool baths, irrigation systems, fish ponds, and swimming pools.
Backflow Preventer Device
If you are connected to City or other type of Municipal water supply they will have backflow preventers in place. These are in place to protect the water supply up to the point where it enters your home. That is where it becomes your responsibility to annually test for and prevent backflow issues within your home. In many places this is not an optional backflow test, which is the case in Columbia, South Carolina. For the health and safety of all the residents of Columbia, SC. it is an annual necessity. It is required that once a year you have a certified backflow testing done on your home or business.
Certified Backflow Testing
The backflow test must be conducted by a licensed plumber who has been certified by the city or state to do the test. In this regard and with any backflow prevention services, Plumb Time Plumbing is backflow certified in Columbia, South Carolina. We also have a great deal of experience performing this type of testing in Columbia and the surrounding areas. Once the test has been completed the Plumber is then required to fill out the ‘Field Test Report’ and submit it to the city. It is a frequent misunderstanding about who is responsible for the cost of this testing. Many believe it is covered under their water bill, this is unfortunately not the case. The individual home owner or business owner are responsible and must have a backflow test done annually. If there is a backflow issue then a backflow preventer device will need to be installed or repaired.
Your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of your family and pets, are very important to us. So call us today and we can set up a time that works best for you to have a backflow test done on your home or business. If any backflow issue is discovered, we will handle installing any necessary backflow preventer device or repairing an existing one for you.