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Backflow FAQs

What is backflow?

Backflow occurs when water flows in the opposite direction from its intended path in a plumbing system. This can cause contaminants to enter the clean water supply, posing health risks.

Why is backflow prevention important?

Preventing backflow is crucial to maintain the safety and quality of a community’s water supply. It stops pollutants and contaminants from entering the drinking water system.

What causes backflow?

Backflow can be caused by backpressure, when downstream pressure is greater than the supply pressure, or by backsiphonage, which is a result of negative pressure in the supply line.

How can I tell if there is a backflow problem?

Signs of a potential backflow problem include unexpected changes in water pressure, discolored water, or an unusual taste or smell to the water.

Do Texas homeowners need backflow prevention devices?

Yes, Texas regulations often require the installation of backflow prevention devices to protect the water supply, especially where irrigation systems are present.

What are common types of backflow prevention devices?

Common devices include air gap, atmospheric vacuum breaker, double check valve, reduced pressure principle device, and pressure vacuum breaker.

How often should backflow prevention devices be tested or serviced?

In Texas, backflow prevention devices should be tested and certified by a licensed backflow prevention assembly tester at least once a year.

Can I install or test backflow devices myself?

Texas law typically requires a licensed professional to install and test backflow devices to ensure they are functioning properly.

What happens if I don’t comply with backflow prevention regulations?

Non-compliance can lead to potential health risks, legal penalties, and may also result in the discontinuation of your water service until the issue is resolved.

Who can I contact for more information about backflow prevention in Texas?

Reach out to your local water provider or a licensed backflow prevention service provider for specific guidelines and assistance with backflow prevention in Texas.


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