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What is a backflow?

Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow in a water distribution system. Backflow may allow liquids, gases, and other substances, from any source, to enter a public water system.

How does backflow occur?

Backflow may occur due to high pressure on the customer side, or low pressure in the water system. Backflow through a cross-connection can contaminate the potable water in a building, on a block, or throughout an entire water system.

What is backflow prevention?

Backflow prevention protects public water systems from contamination or damage through cross-connections located in customer facilities. Backflow prevention is typically achieved by placing a backflow prevention assembly (also known as a backflow preventer or backflow device) between the customer and the public water system.

Who is required to install and/or maintain backflow prevention assemblies?

Commercial, industrial, multifamily users and, in some cases, residential customers are required to install and/or maintain backflow prevention assemblies on water meters servicing their property. In general, all domestic, fire and dedicated irrigation lines must have backflow prevention assemblies installed and inspected to comply with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act passed in 1974.

How often do I need to have my backflow prevention assembly inspected?

To ensure the backflow device is functioning properly, most counties and cities require annual testing by a certified backflow tester.

How do I schedule backflow testing with Adams Backflow?

You can either fill out the Schedule a Test form on our website or call our office at 770-965-5555 for unbeatable service in meeting all your backflow needs.