Don't Go Without Backflow!
Last time we talked about the value of having your Lorain County plumbing professional install a backflow prevention device in your Lorain County home or business. Installation of a backflow prevention system protects your home or business water supply from contamination and pollution. The pressure at which your water company pumps water from holding tanks through water mains and into your Lorain County home or business keeps water flowing from the main toward sewage outlets. If a disruption occurs – a water main break, severe flooding, a frozen pipe, unusual demand on the community water system – water pressure plummets and, like a siphon, water starts flowing backwards. The change in pressure can cause contaminated ground water or sewage to be drawn into your home or business plumbing system, contaminating your water supply and placing your family and customers at risk. Each year more than 10,000 cases of backflow contamination are reported in the U.S. Backflow contamination can cause serious illness if people ingest polluted water and, in some cases, has been fatal.
What Lorain County Thinks About Backflow
Backflow prevention valves prevent potentially hazardous backflows from occurring, ensuring that your water supply will remain safe and pure in case of an emergency. Backflow devices are complicated pieces of plumbing having test cocks and shut-off valves that must all work properly and in synchronization to be effective in protecting Lorain County water supplies. Many Lorain county municipalities are now requiring commercial customers to install backflow prevention devices and have them inspected and tested annually. These devices should also be inspected and tested by a certified Lorain County plumbing professional whenever they are installed, relocated or repaired. Because backflow prevention devices guard the healthy quality of the water supply they protect and are linked to community water supplies, proper installation, maintenance and repair by a qualified Lorain County plumbing professional is essential.
Earlier this week we recognized World Oceans Day. First celebrated in 2008, the United Nations proclaimed June 8 a day to celebrate the diversity of life in our planet’s oceans and focus on conserving this essential natural resource. Celebration of World Oceans Day is particularly poignant this year as devastation caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill spreads across the Gulf of Mexico and threatens to seep into the Atlantic Ocean. The path of the spreading oil has destroyed thousands of miles of American shoreline, killing hundreds of birds and sea creatures and decimating marine and tourist industries.
The Gulf oil disaster serves as an example of what can happen when we fail to act as responsible stewards of our oceans, lakes and rivers. Lorain County may not sit on an ocean, but we share stewardship for Lake Erie, part of the largest freshwater lake system in the world. The Great Lakes hold 20% of the world’s surface fresh water and supply drinking water for millions of people. Protecting this essential water supply from contamination and pollution is the responsibility of all of us who live and work in Lorain County.
Prevent Pollution and Water Supply Contamination with a Backflow Prevention Device
Installation of a backflow prevention device at your Lorain County home or business can help prevent pollution and protect your home water supply from contamination. The water that runs through the plumbing system of your Lorain County home or business is maintained by the supplier at sufficient pressure to allow it to flow from the main, through interior plumbing and out through faucets, showers, toilets etc. However, should water pressure fail, as it can if a water main breaks or a pipe freezes and bursts, a siphoning effect can be created, drawing contaminated ground or sewer water into your home plumbing system and into the main. Asking your Lorain County plumbing professional to add a backflow prevention device to your plumbing system prevents pollution and keeps drinking water safe.