You might not have heard of irrigation backflow yet. Let me tell you, if you haven’t, you are going to want to know what it is and how to prevent it.
Irrigation backflow is when the water that is supposed to be leaving your property starts flowing in the wrong direction. This reversal of water flow can be dangerous for you and your family. It can contaminate your drinking water and cause illness among those who drink it. When your properties irrigation system has backflow to your home it brings dangerous bacteria into your home through the drinking water. This is a serious problem and should be dealt with promptly to ensure your family’s safety.
There are two types of backflow that you may encounter with your irrigation system. The first is back-pressure backflow. This happens when your property’s irrigation service line is higher than the main line. This will cause water to push back into your home and not filter away from you home properly. The second type is back-siphoned backflow. This occurs in your irrigation system when you lose water pressure in your main drinking water line. This causes the water in your sprinkler’s service line to be pulled back into your home. Both of these scenarios will create harmful drinking water and may cause serious illness for those who drink it.
At Schendel Lawn and Landscape, we want to make sure that you do not have this problem occur on your property. Here are some tips to help prevent irrigation backflow from our team of professionals:
- Installation: Proper installation of all irrigation service lines is essential to avoiding backflow in your home.
- Maintenance: Having a professional perform regular maintenance on your irrigation system is very important to keep it working correctly.
- Winterization: It is important to properly maintain your irrigation system, no matter what season it is. If it is not being used, then it still needs to be maintained properly.
Having irrigation backflow is dangerous and we are here to help you keep your drinking water and your family safe. Let us make sure that your irrigation system is setup correctly, properly maintained and winterized with care.
Originally Published: 03/06/2015