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Backflow Testing: What Is It & Why Is It Necessary?

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You may have heard the term backflow before, but many are unfamiliar with the particulars of what it means and why backflow testing is important. However, many local codes require annual backflow testing for commercial properties, including apartments, restaurants, and more. As such, it’s important to understand what backflow is and how it should be prevented.

At Meetze Plumbing, we are experts in backflow testing and prevention services for businesses throughout the Midlands of South Carolina. Keep reading to find out more about backflow and contact us at (803) 732-3747 to request backflow testing services!

What Is Backflow?

Before understanding the importance of prevention and testing, it’s necessary to know what exactly is backflow. The term backflow refers to contaminated water that has gone against the natural water flow direction to reenter water lines with clean water. This can cause contamination of water sources that people expect to be clean, as backflow can contain chemicals, pesticides, waste, and more. That’s why it’s important to test for backflow, as it can cause serious health risks.

Backflow can occur at any point where clean water lines cross with unclean water lines and is usually due to a change in pressure. If a water main has burst or frozen pipes have burst, for instance, backflow could become an issue.

Backflow Preventers

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Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, you’ll want to ensure that you have reliable backflow prevention methods in place. To protect against backflow contaminating your water, have a backflow preventer installed. These easy, affordable systems are a great investment in keeping your water supply safe for your family, employees, or customers. With a backflow preventer installed by a reliable plumbing team like Meetze Plumbing, you won’t have to worry about unsafe backflow pollutants in your water.

Backflow Testing

While having a backflow preventer installed is a great step toward protecting your water supply, it’s only good if the backflow preventer is working. Even the best equipment can fail sometimes, which is why annual backflow testing is so important, even being required in many local and municipal codes.

To have your backflow preventer tested, call a certified plumbing company. A plumber will be able to perform this routine check to ensure your backflow preventer is safely diverting backflow away from your clean water supply.

Schedule Backflow Testing & Prevention Services With Meetze Plumbing

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If you live or own property in Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina, make Meetze Plumbing your first call for all things backflow-related! We’ve proudly served this area since 1981 and have provided reliable plumbing solutions to our community over the years. We value your safety, so we’ll work hard to insure you have reliable access to clean water. Whether you need a backflow preventer installed by one of our expert plumbers or an inspection performed, we’ve got you covered. Our team always strives for complete satisfaction, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands when you call us.

Call Meetze Plumbing at (803) 732-3747 or contact us online to learn more about our backflow prevention services in the Columbia area.