Backflow is a condition that occurs when water flows in the opposite direction of what is desirable. It could cause water to mix with waste water, or with other substances, such as chemicals or industrial fluids. The result is an unsafe condition, where water is intended to be potable but is instead contaminated with potentially harmful materials.
There are many ways that backflow can happen. The main way is when both ends of the water system are connected to potential sources that can end up in your pipes, and a sudden loss of water occurs, drawing in the undesirable materials. That is why it is a hazard in particular when a water main breaks, or when hydrant flushing is going on. This is a good example of why regular care and maintenance of your entire water system is necessary, from basic hot water tank maintenance to regular sewer inspections.
Without proper backflow prevention, the quick reduction in pressure reverses the water flow, sucking the harmful substance into your water system and contaminating your pipes.
The best way to avoid this problem is to control the potential for these types of cross-connections. There are plenty of backflow prevention devices available in Toronto, and you should have your system evaluated to see whether you need them.
These types of systems should be carefully installed by a licensed plumber. In many industries, you are required to have these in place already, particularly if you are involved in activities such as food processing or production, or other industries where you are handling chemicals or potentially hazardous materials.
Contact CPL Tech today to evaluate your system and determine what kinds of potential backflow prevention precautions you should be taking. We can provide you with a full assessment and make recommendations to ensure you, your family, your business, and your community is protected.