Irrigation Systems are a great way to keep your lawn in its best condition while saving you time, money, and resources.
One important aspect to irrigation system maintenance is backflow testing.
What is backflow? Like the name suggests, "backflow" is when the water flow inside of a system reverses, and travels backwards.
Ordinarily, the water pressure within a water system keeps all of the water flowing in one direction. However, if a valve breaks, or something malfunctions causing the water pressure not to be maintained, backflow can occur.
A backflow preventer is a safety measure to keep water that may have become contaminated from fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, animal waste, etc., from flowing back into water sources that people drink out of. In most cases, a backflow preventer is required by law, but it is always a good idea.
If you have an existing irrigation system, regular backflow testing should be a part of your maintenance routine.
If you're considering installing a new system onto your property, it's important to choose a certified, professional contractor to handle the work. A trained and certified irrigation contractor will have the knowledge and expertise to set up your system safely; and, they will ensure it meets all of the regulations governing your area.