Cross connection valve installation and testing
A cross connection is a plumbing piping arrangement that allows a potable water system to be connected to a source of potential pollution or contamination.
This can be from other sources of water, fixtures, hoses, or appliances that require water. EPCOR administers a cross-connection program to support commercial businesses and multi-residential property owners to see this requirement.
We install Apollo, Watts, and Ames devices devices in your business or multi-family residential property. In addition, we can put you on a yearly back flow testing schedule and submit our findings to Epcor on your behalf.
Protect your business or home from sewer backups
Installation of an inline sewer backwater valve can reduce your insurance rates, protect your home and belongs while giving you the piece of mind that the public sewer cannot enter your home during a storm or sewer backup.
Mainline back water valves give you the piece of mind you need, call us today for an installation. The City of Edmonton offers home owners an incentive to install these devices.
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Why is backflow control important?
We all must prevent cross connections in order to prevent backflow or reversed flow of possibly contaminated water into potable water. Ultimately, backflow has the potential to cause the contamination of the entire public water supply, posing a risk for anyone using the water for drinking, cooking, bathing, or other purposes.
Something as simple as leaving your garden hose connected an unattended during a water main break can cause back siphonage and pollute everyones water.
If there is an incident that results in contamination of public drinking water due to improper or unprotected plumbing connections, the responsible owner or occupant of the property can be held liable for damages.
Property owners’ Responsibilities
Property owners must do the following to prevent backflow:
- Isolate your home or business water system from the public system through the elimination of unnecessary cross connections.
- Protect cross connections that cannot be eliminated with an approved backflow prevention device or assembly.
- Conduct timely annual testing of backflow prevention assemblies on your property.
- Use the correct Cross Connection Control device for the premises isolation of a commercial, industrial, or multi-residential property based on the degree of hazard the property presents to the public drinking water.
How to stay safe
Testing must be completed annually by a certified and EPCOR-registered tester, like the team at Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating. To learn more, EPCOR provides great resources for commercial, industrial, and multi-residential property owners to get assistance with these devices.
You can also contact us anytime to learn more about backflow and piping issues, or schedule a consultation to ensure your plumbing piping protects you and anyone using the same water system.