Backflow testing is an often overlooked and forgotten aspect of an irrigation system. A backflow system has a couple primary objectives for keeping irrigation and sprinklers functioning properly. The primary function of a backflow is to keep contaminated water away from your sinks and drinking water. If a backflow is not working properly, then you could be drinking dirty groundwater that would be muddy, contaminated, and could cause you to be sick. It is recommended that a backflow is tested at least annually to ensure that it is working properly and keeping your drinking water clean.
Harmful bacteria and viruses can reside in the soil. These organisms can lead to intestinal issues that can make you very sick. Additionally, chemicals and minerals can reside in soil that can lead to water that tastes bad and lead to long-term health issues. A backflow system can help prevent these contaminants from entering your drinking water. However, backflows are susceptible to failure which is problematic for the task they are expected to perform. We can analyze your backflow to determine which inspection schedule will be best for it. Then, we will get you on a regularly scheduled testing interval as needed.
Why a Backflow?
You may be wondering, why do I need a backflow? It’s because your sprinkler and irrigation system are installed on the same water system that provides the drinking water to your faucets. There is no alternate water for them to tap into. Therefore, a backflow is installed in the main line which is designed to act like a reverse filter. Water can flow freely from the main water source and throughout the water lines laid out in your yard. A backflow prevents the contaminants from flowing back to your main water line and into your faucets.
What is a Backflow?
A backflow is installed in your irrigation lines to keep contaminated water from flowing back into your main water source. The water flows out to your sprinklers under high pressure which blasts any contaminants out of the lines and into the garden. However, once the water stops flowing, the contaminated water will work its way back upstream towards your main water line. A backflow sits as the filtration barrier that keeps those contaminants at bay. That is why a backflow is essential in a sprinkler system, and why it should be checked regularly. After that would be great tol think about landscape lighting.
Most manufacturers recommend a backflow to be tested annually. Depending on the quality of the backflow and how aged it is, will depend on the frequency of the test. We can determine what is the best frequency for your backflow and get you established on a regular testing interval. If you live in an older home with an aged sprinkler system, then the frequency of the testing may be as often as three to four times per year. It is better to be knowledgeable about the state of your backflow than risk the health of yourself and your family from contaminated water.