Backflow Inspector Kirkwood
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. Regular inspections of a backflow preventer ensure that the equipment is working as intended and that your water is safe to drink. To have your backflow inspected, contact our backflow inspectors in Kirkwood at (314) 450-0342.
Backflow Inspections Kirkwood
Backflow Preventers are important, and having them be regularly inspected should be part of any home maintenance plan.
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. Water sits stagnant or trapped in these systems, which leads to a build-up of bacteria and increased mineral content.
During a system imbalance, which can happen during a water main break, the use of a fire hydrant, or a problem with the city sewer, the water levels in your system can become unbalanced and dangerous to consume. When this happens, water from your outside system can back-up into your drinking water. The next time you or a neighbor turns on a faucet for a drink of water, the water received could contain contaminants. 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 Kirkwood
A backflow preventer is installed in your irrigation system to prevent bacteria and other contaminants from entering your drinking and city water. Our Licensed Kirkwood Backflow Testers can perform a backflow test to see if there are problems with your Kirkwood irrigation systems backflow device. This test includes shutting off water supply to allow for investigation of the plumbing system and observing the valve to see if the water is running backwards (which is good), or if the relief valve opens, which is an indication that it needs to be replaced. After testing to see if the water is running backwards, the pressure of the water will be checked. 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 Kirkwood
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.
Selecting the right backflow preventer for your Kirkwood home can be a difficult choice. Our Licensed Backflow Inspectors in Kirkwood can help you make the correct decision for your home and irrigation system. 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 Kirkwood and need a backflow testing and installation professional, Lawn Sprinklers of Kirkwood can help. Contact Us today to learn more about Kirkwood backflow testing and installation services.