Did you know that your business could be inadvertently contaminating the drinking water for all of your neighbors? Even if you have no idea that it’s happening, you can be held liable for this contamination.
At Apollo Drain, we are committed to helping you avoid water contamination and avoid the fines that can come along with it. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your business keeps the water clean.
Most of the time, water only flows in one direction through your pipes. It enters your system, flows until it reaches your plumbing fixture (a faucet, toilet, tub, etc.) and comes out so you can use the water.
Under certain circumstances, the water can flow backward instead of forward. This doesn’t happen very often but it does occasionally occur. In these situations, the water can carry contaminants from your location back into the main water supply. A backflow prevention assembly prevents this from happening.
Some water contamination is not a problem but, other times, it can be life-threatening. Contaminants can be biological, chemical, physical, or radiological in nature.
When these get into the water supply, it’s considered a public health hazard. Sewage can cause disease, as can industrial waste, certain fluids, and other substances. People can also end up with all sorts of poisoning issues, too, depending on what is in their water.
In Washington and Oregon, state laws require businesses to not only have backflow assemblies installed but also to have them tested once a year. Upon testing, you will receive paperwork showing that you had the tests done and what your results were. If you need repairs, you can get those done and get the system recertified.
Contact us at Apollo Drain to get a Licensed Certified Plumber to your door soon. We’ll complete your backflow assembly installation or certification so you can avoid fines and make sure you’re not contaminating water in your neighborhood.
If we perform your Backflow Testing and find that you need repairs or further work done on your backflow device, we’ll make sure it gets completed quickly so you won’t have to worry about anything. Call us at Apollo Drain today and get your Backflow Test performed as soon as possible.
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You probably have a leak somewhere. If you haven’t noticed any standing water, stained ceilings or drywall, or soggy spots, start by checking your toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank and wait 15 minutes (do not flush while you’re waiting!). If you see color in your tank, it is leaking and the ball and/or flapper need to be replaced. If you can’t find your leak, give us a call and we’ll figure out where all that water is going.
We recommend a septic inspection at least once every three or four years. That way, you can catch problems before they become major issues. If your septic tank gets too full, you can end up with unwanted solids, like paper, flowing into your drain field. These will eventually block the pipes there, which can be very expensive to repair.
If your garbage disposal smells, there’s likely a buildup of food debris inside it. This debris can stick to the walls and refuse to drain. Get rid of the odor by placing ice cubes or citrus peels in it and running it for 30 seconds. Keep it running and squirt a generous helping of liquid dishwasher detergent into it. Finally, run cold water down the disposal for at least 30 seconds to wash any loosened debris away. If this doesn’t make your kitchen smell better, call us for further help.
Avoid frozen pipes this winter by taking a few easy steps. Turn off your outside faucets and remove any hoses that are connected in them, allowing any water still in the pipes to drain out. Further waterproof your pipes with a kit or supplies from your local hardware store. Follow directions on the supplies to wrap and insulate your pipes this winter. If you have a sprinkler system, get it drained and blown out before the ground freezes.
That white substance is mineral buildup and it may indicate that you have hard water. To remove it, pour a cup of vinegar into a bag. Tie the bag tightly around the faucet, so the mineral deposits are soaking in the vinegar. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, use a brush to scrape away the mineral deposits. If you can remove your sink aerators or your shower head, do so and simply soak them in vinegar overnight.
You may need to experiment to find out where you want to set the temperature on your hot water heater so you have enough hot water for your family’s needs but can save as much money as possible. Most people find that 120 degrees is the best setting for them. In fact, this is the standard that manufacturers use when they preset water heaters at the factory. If you can’t set yours to a particular temperature, start somewhere in the middle and work up or down from there.
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
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Apollo Drain was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
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I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
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