Mooresville provides over 4 million gallons of water to its customers every day. Therefore, Mooresville has instituted a mandatory backflow ordinance to protect the water from contamination. What this means is that the town is trying to provide the safest water possible for its customers. Click this link to learn more: http://ci.mooresville.nc.us/240/Backflow-Prevention
The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 protects us from contaminants in our drinking water. To do so, it requires precautionary measures are implemented, one of which is backflow prevention assembly, AKA: Backflow Preventers or Backflow Valves.
Here is how a backflow valve works: the water passes through a connection attached to the water line, the connection has a gate or valve that allows the water to flow through. The valve is designed to close when it senses pressure from the water attempting to reverse its path back into the water line. Simply, it prevents the water from draining. This is a very effective method of controlling water and various other fluids such as a sewer line. Imagine the mess that could be caused by a sewer backing up.
I have installed hundreds of backflow valves for water heaters; the convenient valve will not allow the water to exit the heater except through the proper channels. This simple little valve has saved many a water heater service call because if there is no water in the heater, it will malfunction and possibly require replacement or at least the replacement of the heating elements.
Mooresville now requires that all homes have one of these valves installed to save on water and prevent water contamination. This is a very good policy for the town and its customers because it will save them on their water bill.
If you have yet to have your backflow valve installed in your Mooresville home, call me and I’ll schedule a visit to take care of it for you.
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