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What is a Backflow Device?

May is National Water Safety Month and let’s face it — most of us take clean water for granted. Although we sometimes consider it a basic necessity, water goes through a series of complex processes before it’s considered safe for everyday use. In order to keep contaminated water out of your home, backflow devices are often installed and we have them to thank for keeping our water fresh and our bodies healthy.

What is Backflow and is it Dangerous?

Ever turn on the faucet only to see brown, dirty water coming out? It can certainly be alarming and it’s a clear indication that something is wrong with your plumbing system. This often comes as a result of a significant pressure decrease in your plumbing which can allow backflow, or contaminated, undrinkable water to enter your home.

In simpler terms, backflow happens when contaminated water mixes with the portable water supply in your home or commercial business.

What are Some Common Problems with Backflow Devices?

They don’t last forever, unfortunately and when they fail, you can be left with dirty water that can be detrimental to your health.

So, how long do they typically last? The lifespan of a backflow prevention device varies widely depending on factors such as your water pressure, the mineral content of your water, where they are installed, etc.

The good news? Problems with backflow prevention devices are uncommon, but they do happen. Most of the time they are simple fixes, but occasionally the problems can be larger. For this reason, we recommend that you have your devices tested at least once a year for the safety of your family.

If you think you may need backflow testing, it is time for your yearly checkup, or you need a backflow device installed, Levine & Sons is the right company for the job. We have performed thousands of tests for over 80 years and as a family owned, fully certified company equipped with qualified and licensed professionals, we are ready to perform backflow testing in your Michigan home.

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