A healthy water pipe system involves positive pressure to keep water flowing properly. However, sometimes things go wrong that can lead to problems, especially if not addressed in a timely manner. One of those problems is backflow, and it’s an issue that should be tested for regularly.
What is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when the positive pressure in a system is reverse or affected, thus causing cross-connections and other problems. When the change in pressure happens, it can result in back siphonage or back pressure.
Back siphonage may occur when the supply pressure is below that of the water system’s pressure, which can result in contaminated water being pulled into the system.
Back pressure is caused by a system having higher water pressure than its supply, which can then force contaminated water into the public water system.
Backflow can also result in:
• water tank cracks
• broken pipes
• malfunctioning pumps
• water main bursts