Why do I need my backflow tested?
Federal law requires water suppliers to protect their water systems from contamination or pollution by cross-connections. There are also Regulations by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department of Health. Many safeguards are in place and regular monitoring occurs as required by different agencies. Backflow preventers must be tested at least once each year to ensure that they are performing properly in preventing backflow.
A backflow assembly that is not working provides the consumer and the water purveyor with a false sense of security. Therefore, the testing and maintenance portions of the backflow prevention program are very important. There are a number of hazards that can occur when backflow is not operating properly. One type of hazard is the introduction of biological contaminants into the water system. Biological contaminants are agents that can cause disease. They are also termed waterborne diseases. There are a number of different biological agents which cause a variety of symptoms. See the list below:
DISEASE: CAUSATIVE ORGANISM: SYMPTOM:
Gastroenteritis ( Salmonella) Acute diarrhea and vomiting
Typhoid (Salmonella typhi) Inflamed intestine, enlarged spleen, high temperature (FATAL)
Dysentery (Shigella) Diarrhea
Cholera (Vibrio olerae) Vomiting, severe diarrhea, rapid dehydration, mineral loss (HIGHLY FATAL)
Infectious hepatitis (Virus) Yellowed skin, enlarged liver, abdominal pain, lasts up to 4 months
Amoebic dysentery (Entamoeba) Mild diarrhea, chronic dysentery (SOMETIMES FATAL)
Giardiasis (Giardia lamblia) Diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and general weakness, lasts 1 week to 7 months
Cryptosporidiosis (Cryptosporidium parvum) Severe intestinal distress, lasts 2 days to 4 weeks (MAY BE FATAL)
While some of the diseases are not very serious others can be fatal. All of these organisms can be spread through a backflow incident. Modern treatment processes can effectively kill or remove most of the organisms, however when contaminants backflow into the distribution system, treatment becomes somewhat irrelevant since the treatment process has been bypassed. Maintaining your backflow will prevent these contaminants from entering the water system. When necessary they must be repaired in order to assure proper operation. Our company is committed to protecting our water resources and keeping families safe. Ryan’s Plumbing LLC can meet all your backflow needs. Our technicians have the utmost experience in the certification, repairing and replacement of backflows. Please call today for all your backflow needs.