When you get a glass of water from your sink, you expect it to be safe to drink. Specific plumbing equipment makes this assumption a reality, but if it is not appropriately maintained and tested, pollutants can easily contaminate your drinking water and cause other serious consequences.
At The AC Hero, we can assist you with all matters involving backflow prevention and testing. Our technicians can determine whether your home or property needs a backflow preventer and help with installation. If you have an existing backflow preventer, we can conduct the annual testing required by the state. We are fully licensed and are able to repair any issues we may encounter.
Our team is always available when you need us, so call (817) 631-2507 or contact us online to schedule a service appointment. Se habla español.
What Is Backflow?
Water should always be flowing in one, intended direction: into your home or business. This makes your water safe for consumption, washing, and bathing.
Significant changes in water pressure can interrupt this intended flow, sending water back into the main water supply servicing your home or business. This dynamic is called “backflow” and can introduce dangerous contaminants into the water supply, consequently making the water unsafe to drink or use.
What Is a Backflow Preventer?
As its name would imply, a backflow preventer is the tool used to ensure water exclusively flows in one direction: from the main water supply to your home or business. It acts as a sort of one-way gate that allows the intended flow while preventing backflow, stopping the introduction of any contaminants.
Do I Need a Backflow Preventer?
Most Texas homes and businesses will need a backflow preventer, and a grand majority of new buildings have one installed during construction. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires the installation of a backflow preventer if your property shares a cross-connection with a public water system. Examples of cross-connections include sprinkler systems, garden hoses, and private wells. Some municipalities enforce even stricter requirements.
Regardless of whether you are legally required to install a backflow preventer, keep in mind that doing so is in your best interest. You do not want your water to be polluted with contaminants, which is a more likely possibility if you do not have any preventative measures in place. Human waste, chlorine, pesticides, and other pollutants can all easily contaminate your drinking, washing, and bathing water and pose significant health risks. It can also corrode and damage pipes and buildings over time. A properly installed and regularly inspected backflow preventer can prevent these outcomes and give you peace of mind.
Backflow preventers are not impervious to flaws or breakdowns. These assemblies can and do occasionally experience malfunctions or outright fail. Frequent, annual testing is paramount to ensuring your home or business’s water is safe to use.
If you are required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (or another public health agency) to have a backflow preventer installed, you are also required to have your assembly tested for efficacy and defects every year. These annual inspections must be completed by a licensed tester.
Our Fort Worth backflow prevention and testing services include help meeting all compliance requirements that apply to your property. When we conduct a test, we will connect a specifically designed device to your backflow preventer, shut off water downstream, and verify the preventer is working optimally. We can help repair any issues discovered or assist with a replacement of a faulty preventer.
If you believe your water may be contaminated, you need emergency Fort Worth backflow prevention and testing services. We are available 24/7, so contact us online or call (817) 631-2507 today.