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Backflow Prevention

What does backflow mean?

Backflow is when contaminated water has reversed flow and entered clean water lines. When this occurs, homeowners may experience contaminated drinking water, putting themselves and their families at risk. Safe drinking water is something we rely on. That is why it is important to work with your local government to make sure you are compliant with their backflow regulations.

What does a Backflow Preventer do?

Backflow preventers do exactly what their name suggests: they ensure water flows in a one-way direction. It can occur at any cross-connection between clean and dirty water lines and is typically caused by a significant change in water pressure —such as from a burst water main. The dirty water may contain hazardous materials like human waste, pesticides, or chemicals, so it poses a serious health concern.

Most backflow prevention devices are in commercial properties, or before the first branch line leading off a service line. Most residential homes are not required to have backflow prevention devices unless they have an irrigation system or are certain home-based businesses.

Do you test a Backflow Prevention Device?

Backflow testing is important because not only do local regulations require it, but it also helps protect the safety of those drinking and using the water. In the case of an unexpected or dramatic change in water pressure, the backflow prevention device will stop dirty water from entering the clean water supply. In the event of backflow, your backflow prevention device should work automatically. To ensure your device is working properly, it should be tested once it is installed, relocated, repaired, and on a yearly basis.

Municipal codes require annual testing of backflow prevention devices to ensure that they are functioning properly. You can be fined if testing is not completed on time, or the water supply to your property or business might be cut off. As a business owner, you or your landlord are responsible for getting your backflow prevention devices inspected. You will probably get a letter from your local water board or city government reminding you that your inspection is due.

A backflow prevention device is equipped with 2 check valves that are designed to work automatically in the event of backflow. A tester will inspect these valves as well as the air gap. An air gap is a physical separation between the potable and contaminated water by a vertical air space. There are many pieces and parts of a backflow prevention device that need to be tested to ensure the device is operating properly, but the valves and the air gap are what testers primarily check on.

The installation, testing, and repair of a backflow should never be taken lightly. You need clean water for your home and/or business to function properly, and if the backflow is compromised, you need to get it repaired quickly. If you are interested in saving time and money when it comes to completing backflow prevention testing, contact Valiant Security today to learn more.

Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers offer the highest degree of fire protection and are critical in saving lives and property. Installing a fire sprinkler system in your building is crucial for safety against fire accidents. This system is specially designed by expert engineers to get activated automatically if a fire breaks out. Commercial fire sprinkler systems are one of the best methods of fire prevention out there today. Here are a few benefits associated with commercial fire sprinkler systems.

Fire Drills In The Workplace

Your first interaction with a fire drill was probably at school when everyone would follow the teacher and wait for instructions to be given. Ask any school-age child about fire drills, and they will probably tell you about doing a mock emergency evacuation during the school year.

Fire Alarms

Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire in the United States and building occupants have on an average of less than 3 minutes to escape a fire. There are approximately 7,410 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments each year, according to a NFPA report based on data between 2010 and 2014. While the frequency of commercial fires has decreased slightly over the last few years, the actual cost of fire related property damage has increased dramatically.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are among the most effective and affordable means for protecting your business from fire damage. Many fires begin small, at a single location, and can often easily be suppressed using the appropriate type of fire extinguisher. This proactive response can save people and property from harm or contain the fire until emergency response professionals arrive.

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