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How is that backflow valve in your home? Is it working properly? Will it prevent contamination of the city’s water supply? Of course, you can’t answer questions like that because you don’t have the equipment or expertise to test a backflow valve. That’s the basic reason many communities, including Montgomery and Auburn, require homeowners and commercial businesses to have backflow testing annually.
A word of warning from Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air
If you have received a notice for backflow testing at your Montgomery or Auburn home or business, do not ignore it. If the test is not performed the city can shut off your water until the test is completed AND you will have to pay a fee to have the service restored.
Only a licensed, certified plumbing professional is allowed to perform backflow testing
To uphold the city of Montgomery and city of Auburn requirement, only a licensed, certified plumbing professional is allowed to perform backflow testing. Dixie is one of the approved providers for both cities. You can get the entire list of providers from the city you live or conduct business in.
Why is this important?
Backflow is when the direction of water is reversed in a plumbing system. Without proper backflow protection, the result can be contamination of the drinking water supply. The most common cause of backflow is a drop in water pressure often caused by a water main break. The contamination can also occur because of equipment malfunctions, such as defective pump systems.
We are talking about the potential of serious illness and even deaths
It’s easy to get frustrated with municipal requirements like this, but backflow is serious stuff. Without backflow testing requirements, it’s impossible to guarantee the safety of the drinking water we all use.
Having your backflow testing performed is among the most important things you can do to keep your home, family, business, and community safe. The test itself is quick and routine. Backflow testing is just one more way our Auburn and Montgomery plumbers from Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air are here to help you. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information to help keep your home safe and comfortable.