Backflow prevention systems are a must-have for any commercial property with dishwashers, (nearly extinct) photo developing equipment, large sinks, or other kinds of machines that have contaminated water that is prone to “backflowing.” Sometimes known as a cross-connection control device, a backflow keeps the contaminated water separate from any kind of drinking water. These devices are important in fire prevention systems due to the fact that any water that is used in commercial fire sprinkler systems or for fighting a fire must be potable.
A backflow prevention system is required when water is kept at high pressures to enable water to flow. If the pressure falls due to a broken pipe or other issues, potentially harmful contaminants could be sucked into the clean drinking water supply, which could cause major issues. These devices use an air gap, or pressure vacuums or an assembly of values to regulate the cross connection found between the drinking water and contaminated systems. When these systems meet in certain piping intersections, clean water must make its way into the contaminated systems – not the other way around. Should the system fail, polluted water could flow into clean water and compromise the system.
Since the backflow device and system are considered an emergency system, they must be inspected on a regular basis. Without a regular check-up, a faulty system could endanger the lives of those who come into contact with the water connected to the system. Believe it or not, a malfunctioning backflow prevention system has led to the contamination of a whole town’s drinking water!
Experienced and trusted professionals must be hired for the inspection, installation, and certification of your backflow prevention system. The experts at A Total Solution, Inc. are fully licensed NICET-certified Class 2 contractors in backflow. We are able to service, install, and inspect the entire system, from the tap to the building, thus eliminating the need for separate contractors to complete the task.