Cross Connection Install & Testing
To keep drinking water safe for everyone in Grande Prairie cross-connections need to be installed properly. Backflows need to be tested to insured that water is safe. A qualified and certified professional needs to do the installation of cross-connections, as well as the testing. Breakthrough Plumbing & Heating Ltd is certified and authorized to perform these services for residents in Grande Prairie.
What is a cross-connection?
You may be wondering what is a cross-connection and why does it matter? In this section, we will look at what it is and why it is important. In a plumbing system, a cross-connection is a point where the potable water supply is connected to the a contaminated or non-potable source. Contaminants or pollutants can enter the drinking water system through cross-connections that are uncontrolled when backflow occurs. In all plumbing systems, you will find a cross-connection. To protect the drinking water, all cross-connection points must be identified and tested to determine what backflow protection is required. Basins, sinks, hose bibs, irrigation systems, reused water lines, and swimming pools can all be points of cross-connection.
What is backflow?
When water flows in the opposite direction it was designed to flow in, it is called backflow. When a reverse in the direction of the flow is caused by a change in pressures, backflow can lead to contamination of the drinking water system. With backflow, there are two types; backpressure and back-siphonage. Back siphonage is because of negative pressure within the supply line. There are a few ways that a back-siphonage can occur, and these are when repairs are made to the waterline and when the water supply is shut off. Backpressure then occurs when the potable water supply is connected to another higher pressure system. The main causes are pressure valves, booster pumps, and elevated plumbing. Backflows need to be tested annually to ensure that there is sufficient pressure in the pipes to ensure that all drinking water remains safe and clean for consumer consummation. Tests need to be submitted to the council so that there is a record of all the testing.
Required by law
Having the proper cross-connections, and backflow preventers installed is required by law, and therefore every new building construction will need to get this done. Testing is mandatory for all residents and business owners in Grand Prairie. Breakthrough Plumbing & Heating offers installation and testing. We will also submit the results to the city for you.
Backflow testing is required annually, yet it is so easy to forget that this needs to be done. Breakthrough Plumbing & Heating Ltd will perform the testing for you, submit the results and keep a record so that your next backflow test is done on time! We are registered with the Environmental Services and therefore are authorized to perform these installations and testing. Our services are efficient and affordable!