Backflow Inspector Ellisville
Regular Backflow Inspections ensure that your water is safe to use both inside and outside of your home.
Backflow preventers keep your drinking water and the water inside your house safe from the water you use outside. Keeping these two waters from mixing is important because the water used inside your home is held to a different standard of quality than the water you may use for your lawn. Regularly inspection this important piece of equipment ensures that your water is safe to drink and use inside your home. To have your backflow inspected, contact our backflow inspectors in Ellisville at (314) 450-0342.
Backflow Inspections Ellisville
Just like any other system connected to your water line, backflow preventers will periodically be needed to be inspected to ensure they are safe.
Why is a Backflow Preventer Required on a Lawn Sprinkler System?
Backflow valves must be installed alongside irrigation systems to ensure that each water system remains separate. Many different chemicals are used to keep a lawn in excellent shape, and these chemicals can sometimes find there way inside your irrigation system. These systems can sit still for days, and water that isn't moving can collect tons of different bacteria and contaminants.
There is a water leak in the house, house water service break, city water main break, hydrant flushing, or hydrant use due to a fire, the water pressure in the house or city water mains can drop lower than the water pressure in the system. During this imbalance, the water in your irrigation system can back-up into your drinking water, which is dangerous. The next time someone runs the water, either for drinking or bathing, it could be contaminated. Even small fluctuations in city water mains that occur due to uneven water use from one neighborhood to the next can cause drops in pressure large enough to cause a back-flow and therefore, contamination to occur.
A little dirt or bacteria backing up into your drinking water may seem innocuous, but there are documented cases of illness and even death from the backflow of contaminated water.
How Backflow Testing is Done - Backflow Inspector Ellisville
A backflow preventer keeps your drinking water and your irrigation water separate. Our Licensed Ellisville Backflow Testers can perform a backflow test to see if there are problems with your Ellisville irrigation systems backflow device. To test your system, the water supply is turned off and then the plumbing system and valves are checked to make sure the water is moving as it should. If the relief valve opens, the system may need maintenance. After the water direction is checked, the pressure of the system will then be measured. If the water pressure rises as the water flows backwards and seems to be struggling, this could mean that the valve needs to be replaced.
Types of Backflow Preventers - Backflow Installer Ellisville
The correct backflow preventer for your irrigation system is going to be dependant upon the size of your system, and the types of situations you may face in your area.
Three of the most common backflow valves are:
- Double Check Valves
- Reduced Pressure Zone Devices
- Atmospheric Vacuum Breakers
Double Check Valves are typically found in lawn sprinklers and fire sprinklers. There is a ball valve on each end of this device that will prevent backflow. Reduced Pressure Zone Devices are commonly used in areas that a city might deem as having “hazardous” backflow. Every city has a different idea of what is hazardous, so it can vary from city to city. This device includes four valves such as an inlet shut-off valve, two spring-loaded check valves, and an outlet shut-off valve. Lastly, Atmospheric Vacuum Breakers have a valve on the inside of the device that prevents backflow. These systems are based on pressure and are placed 6 inches from where the downstream is for your home.
It can seem overwhelming to figure out what type of backflow preventer is the best fit for your home. Our Licensed Backflow Inspectors in Ellisville have the experience and knowledge needed to assess your home and quickly choose which valve will be best for your home’s needs. Installation will be prompt, and any worries about backflow will be banished.
Our team is licensed and insured, this means that when we test or provide maintenance for your system, you can rest assured that you are receiving safe and qualified expertise. Backflow Preventer problems or issues can cause serious concerns for your water supply, that's why we respond quickly to all problems and always provide professional and reliable service.
If you’re in Ellisville and need a backflow testing and installation professional, Lawn Sprinklers of Ellisville can help. Contact Us today to learn more about Ellisville backflow testing and installation services.