The Importance of Backflow Inspections

Jul 16, 2023

Clean water is something we all need in our homes and workplaces, but without regular testing and maintenance, we could put this everyday necessity at risk. One of the easiest ways to ensure our water remains clean and safe is to perform backflow testing. Commercial plumbers in Northwich are experienced with this task and will be able to support you in maintaining a clean water supply. Keep reading as we share our complete guide to backflow inspections and why you should be carrying these out in your home or workplace.

What is a Backflow Test?

A backflow test is an inspection of backflow preventers and devices that are designed for this purpose to ensure they are working properly. Commercial plumbers in Northwich will look at the functionality of these pieces of equipment to make sure you are receiving clean and safe water in your home or property. These backflow preventers should be tested each year to ensure that they remain in working condition. If we find there are any issues with the equipment, then we’ll be able to replace the parts or make recommendations for what to do next. While you might want to DIY this test, it’s typically best left to the professionals who know the common signs of faulty parts.

Why is Backflow Testing Important?

There are many reasons that anyone should consider backflow testing with a provider of commercial plumbing in Northwich. Every property needs this check completed to ensure it offers clean and safe water to anyone in the building. In some countries this is actually mandated by law, but even if it’s not, it can help to reduce the chance of health concerns and hazards in the future. As with any type of regular maintenance and testing, the aim of backflow testing is to reduce maintenance and operational costs in the long run and find problems before they become bigger. Our team will be here to support you with your maintenance and testing but we recommend booking backflow testing help at least once a year to stop problems from getting out of hand.

One area that’s particularly important for us to check when we are performing this test is any cross-contamination points. These are where your non-potable and potable water meet. If the backflow preventer isn’t working properly, then you may find contaminated water gets mixed in with your clean drinking water. This could add toxins or dirt to the water stream, which could make anyone in your home or workplace sick. It’s so important these points are tested to keep everyone healthy and safe when drinking from this water source.

What Happens if You Don’t Perform Backflow Testing?

You may think you can get away with not performing these tests very often, but this isn’t something we recommend anyone skips. You are unlikely to find out the consequences of skipping this test until it’s too late. If your water starts to acquire toxins or chemicals, these could wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing. You use water to drink, wash clothes, wash your body and look after your children. You don’t want to put anyone’s health at risk just because you were too lazy to book an annual test.

Over time, you may notice the colour or flavour of your water changes if it becomes contaminated. However, this is usually the final sign of an issue and you never know how long you’ve been having problems before you notice this chance. Your family, kids and pets may already have consumed the contaminated water and could get very sick as a result of this. That’s why we recommend you book this simple annual test. You’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is for our team to check your backflow preventers. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run and keep everyone in your home safe and healthy for years to come. Water is something we all use and drink on a daily basis, but it’s something many of us overlook as far as its safety.

Clean and safe drinking water is something many of take for granted but we should work to prevent contamination in our homes and workplaces with a regular backflow inspection. Our team will be here to support you with this task and ensure the water you are using and drinking on a daily basis will keep you safe and healthy for years to come. If you have any questions about this topic or are looking to book an inspection, get in touch with our team today. We’ll be happy to discuss more about the benefits of booking a backflow inspection and work with you to keep your water source safe for everyone in your home or workplace to continue using on a daily basis.

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