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The University of Southern California Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USC-FCCCHR) performed a study in late 2002 and early 2003 to determine the degree of protection against backflow that is present in today’s homes.
The results are summarized as follows:
- 9.6% of the homes surveyed had direct health hazard cross-connections
- 73% of the homes water uses were unprotected cross-connections
- 95.7% of the homes had either a direct or indirect cross-connection to a health hazard
- 91% of the homes had unprotected hose bibbs
- 43.6% of the homes had heating/cooling system health hazard cross-connections
Pride Plumbing will check the following common cross-connections in homes to ensure the proper protection against backflow:
When water leaves the drinking water supply system and flows into the toilet tank, the water must be prevented from being drawn back into the water supply. The water in the toilet tank is often treated with cleansing chemicals that are not safe to drink.
An anti-siphon ballcock assembly should be installed in the toilet tank. This will protect against backsiphonage. The ballcock can also serve as a thermal expansion relief device if equipped with an auxiliary relief valve. The relief valve should govern the preset pressure to 80psi or less.
To make the laundry sink safe, a hose bibb vacuum breaker is needed. This is a small, inexpensive device that simply attaches to the threaded end of the faucet as with the outside water faucets (sillcocks). It prevents contaminated water in the sink from being siphoned back into the drinking water supply.
The ordinary garden hose is the most common way to contaminate the water supply. This can happen when one end of the hose is attached to an outdoor faucet (sill cock), and the other end is connected to an aspirator type bottle, insecticides or other chemicals in the aspirator bottle can be siphoned back into the drinking water supply. You can easily prevent the possibility of this type of contamination by installing a hose bibb vacuum breaker. This is a small, inexpensive device that simply attaches to a threaded water faucet.
Lawn Irrigation System
Lawn irrigation systems need a vacuum breaker backflow preventer to protect against lawn and pesticide chemicals being drawn in from the lawn and back into the drinking water supply.
A hot water system may be used to heat the home. You can ensure the protection of the safe drinking water system by making sure a dual check with the atmospheric vent is installed. This will protect against stagnant or chemically treated water from recirculating back into the water supply.
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Have a Pride Plumbing expert evaluate your clogged drain and whether Bio Ross is a solution that will work for you!
Sewer Cleaning and Cabling
Pride Plumbing carries a full line of power cable rooters and drain snakes to handle any clog with ease. We fully inspect your plumbing system to determine whether it is safe to use a snake to unclog a pipe before performing any work.
Lot Line Cleanouts
A sewer clean out, or lot line clean out, is a capped pipe which provides access to a sewer line, allowing people to clean out blockages in the sewer. In many regions, sewer clean outs can be found along the lateral sewer line. The lateral sewer line is what connects a home’s plumbing to the municipal plumbing.
Most homeowners are concerned with the clean outs on their properties. Sewer clean outs are often situated near each home on a property, and at the property line, providing several points of access. It is a good idea to know where each one is located, and to keep the surrounding area clear so that the clean outs can be accessed easily. When a blockage does arise, quick access can be critical to prevent overflow. In regions prone to snow, a sewer clean out may be located in a basement, to allow access during the winter months.
If you do not have a clean out, the responsibility of a blockage falls on the homeowner for the entire length of the lateral line. However, if you do have a clean out, the town or municipality will in most cases take responsibility between the clean out and the main sewer line. This is a big money saver! Call Pride Plumbing to install your clean out today!”