Backflow Inspector Richmond Heights
Regular Backflow Inspections ensure that your water is safe to use both inside and outside of your home.
To ensure that the drinking water inside your house doesn't mix with the water your sprinkler system uses to keep your lawn green, you install a backflow preventer. 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 Richmond Heights at (314) 450-0342.
Backflow Inspections Richmond Heights
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 are required when a house or building is equipped with an irrigation system. Contaminants can enter an irrigation system from fertilizer or pesticides that are sprayed onto lawns. These systems can sit still for days, and water that isn't moving can collect tons of different bacteria and contaminants.
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. During this imbalance, the water in your irrigation system can back-up into your drinking water, which is dangerous. The next time you or a neighbor turns on a faucet for a drink of water, the water received could contain contaminants. How else can this happen? Even minor fluctuations in the city water supply (such as another neighborhood using a large amount of water) can cause imbalances that can introduce contaminants into your water supply.
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 Richmond Heights
A backflow preventer keeps your drinking water and your irrigation water separate. Our Licensed Richmond Heights Backflow Testers can perform a backflow test to see if there are problems with your Richmond Heights 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 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 Richmond Heights
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 Richmond Heights 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.
As Licensed Backflow Inspectors, we have the experience and equipment needed to do safe and efficient backflow testing and installation. 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 Richmond Heights and need a backflow testing and installation professional, Lawn Sprinklers of Richmond Heights can help. Contact Us today to learn more about Richmond Heights backflow testing and installation services.