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Water Contamination Can Happen to Any of Us

Backflow Testing Could Save Your Family Member’s Lives

Backflow causes dirty water to flow backwards into water that is supposed to be clean. This means that pools, tap water, showers, and any other water sources in your home could become affected. In some cases, this could endanger the health of members of your household. This is especially true when it comes to drinking water.

Septic Backflow:

This is perhaps the worst kind of backflow that can occur. In this case, septic backs up into water supplies. It can even come out of sinks or bathtubs! Clearly, this scenario is extremely dangerous for the health and well being of those in your household. It is very important to get tested for this kind of backflow. If this kind of backflow is ever detected, it is crucial to get the problem fixed right away. Also, if you see any signs that could indicate this type of backflow, contact a plumber immediately.

Drain Backflow:

There are also other, somewhat less threatening types of backflow that can occur. Drains can back up, in addition to septic lines. While this may seem less dangerous, it still carries a health risk. Particles of rotten food could back up into a sink. If this occurs and the particles get into food that is being prepared, someone could get food poisoning. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you get drains backflow tested regularly.

Other Types Of Backflow: Other things can backflow in your septic system. Hot and cold water tanks can backflow. Chemical drains and other things that may not be found in most homes can also backflow. These causes of backflow vary in terms of their health risks depending on what exactly is experiencing backflow.

What Is Done About Backflow: Luckily, it is possible to correct backflow. A professional plumber can correct clogs and other problems that are causing the backflow. In addition, backflow prevention devices can be installed. These devices can put a permanent fix to the problem of backflow. If there is already a backflow prevention device in place that is not adequate, a plumber can install an improved backflow device.

Legal Requirements Surrounding Backflow Testing:

Backflow testing is so important to the health and well being of those living in the residence that it is the law in many areas. In many areas, you have to get backflow testing done every year or at another regular interval. Those who do not follow this law can sometimes be fined.

Want more information on back-flow testing in your Berkeley area? Just call Albert Nahman Plumbing at (510) 876-9725 , and take the proper precautions.

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