The other day I was installing a backflow valve in a Mooresville home, when the neighbor walked up with a few questions. She was a very nice elderly lady with some excellent questions. I needed a break so I stopped for a few minutes to chat with her. The conversation was so insightful that I thought it would make for a good blog entry. Here are bits and pieces from our conversation.
Neighbor: What are you doing to my neighbor’s home and why?
Me: I’m installing a backflow valve; it will protect their home.
Neighbor: How will it protect their home?
Me: Potable water supplies can get contaminated from the ground or other water storage systems if there is a significant drop in water pressure from a broken water line or some other unforeseen issue. A backflow valve protects against contaminated water entering the drinking water for the home.
Neighbor: Should I get one too?
Me: Yes, Mooresville residents are actually required to have these valves installed if they have an irrigation system.
Neighbor: Can my husband install our valve?
Me: According to the Town of Mooresville, backflow valve can only be installed by a licensed plumber or utility contractor. The installation of a backflow prevention assembly requires a plumbing permit.
Neighbor: When can you install ours?
Me: Approximately 1 week or less after getting the permit.
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