Backflow Installation & Testing
Southwest Florida’s water supply is a very precious commodity and needs to be protected today more than ever.
Backflow Installation and Testing in Southwest Florida
Here in Lee County, we take clean, running water for granted. In our homes and businesses, clean, clear, drinkable water flows from every faucet. We wash our clothes with potable water. We take showers in drinkable water. However, clean water doesn’t just happen. It’s possible through a complex combination of safety measures, and a backflow preventer is a key part of that protective system. Furthermore, in Lee County, those protective systems are regulated by law.
And for good reason. While clean water flows freely into our homes and businesses, once water is used or exposed to cleansers or chemicals, it is no longer pure. If that water shifts direction in the plumbing, drinking water mixes with water full of contaminants. In the plumbing and water purification industries, this is known as backflow.
What is Backflow?
Backflow is the term used for the flow of contaminated water back into the main potable (or drinkable) water supply. Backflow pushes untreated water into the treated water supply, presenting major health concerns
When water enters your home from the main water supply line, it should flow in one direction: into your home. However, when pressure changes occur in the pipes, it can cause water to flow backwards and seep back into the main water supply line.
There are two main causes of backflow in plumbing – back pressure and back siphonage. Back siphonage is the more common concern. It occurs when the pressure in the water supply becomes smaller than the pressure in the plumbing system.
For example, backflow might happen when the main water line breaks, causing dramatic drops in pressure. The same issues may occur when a fire hydrant is opened. When the water pressure drops significantly, not only does water stop pushing forward into your home, it can also flow backwards into the city water lines.
When backflow contaminates the public drinking supplies, things like fertilizer, pesticides, food waste, human waste, chlorine, soaps, and cleaning solutions can show up in the water.
Your Cape Coral or Lee County Business or Residence Must Have a Functioning Backflow Prevention System
Our local water departments have implemented new requirements for installing backflow prevention devices on water supply lines entering your home or business. A backflow preventor is a device that’s installed on your pipes that allows water to flow in one direction, but never in the opposite direction. It is installed to prevent drinking water from being contaminated due to backflow.
Lee County Utilities requires the use of a backflow prevention system to help protect the area’s drinking water system from potential contamination. Per Lee County ordinances;
“No water service connection to any premises, facility, or area shall be installed or maintained unless the public potable water supply system is protected as required by State and local rules and regulations, and LCU’s Cross Connection Policy. All controlled and uncontrolled cross-connections, either actual or potential, to the potable water system shall be protected by an approved cross connection control assembly.”
A backflow regulator is an approved cross connection control. It’s basically a one-way gate that allows water from the city’s public water supply to flow into your piping but stops water if it ever tries to flow backwards into the main water supply.
Newer homes usually have built-in backflow preventers on the appropriate water lines. However, to confirm the presence of proper backflow preventers on the required water lines, Bergau Plumbing suggests an inspection. Our experienced technicians can identify the presence and functionality of your backflow preventer and install missing backflow preventers if it’s needed.
Get Your Free Plumbing Estimate
Bergau Plumbing is happy to help you schedule your testing, inspection or repair of your backflow prevention device. Call us at 239-766-4170 to make an appointment.
Get A Free Estimate
We will be happy to help you schedule your testing, inspection or repair of your backflow prevention device TODAY! Call us at 239-766-4170 to make an appointment.