Backflow can take place within any water distribution system whether it is private or public. Backflow can be one of the greatest threats to the safety and integrity of a local water system. The water that runs through the pipes of the distribution system is meant to run in one direction. When water attempts to run in the opposite direction in the system, it is called backflow. There are two conditions that can cause backflow. It may occur due to either backsiphonage or backpressure in the water system. For some homeowners, a spike in pressure also could set off the relief valve on hot water heaters or cause other damage to the plumbing system and/or the house. Thus, customers should check to make sure pressure relief or thermal expansion devices are installed and operating properly on or within their plumbing systems. (Source: Henry County Water & Sewage Authority)
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