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Water backflow is a serious issue that must be prevented at any and all costs. It is caused by poor cross-connections in the piping of tap/drinking water and plumbing fixtures. Backflow draws dirty water back towards the house and potentially contaminates the drinking water source. If left unchecked, the bacteria in the water can seriously harm those who will drink from it.

Common Sources of Backflow

Cross-connections are common in many households, including those in York Region. These connections, however, must be properly monitored by licensed plumbers who specialize in backflow prevention. Remember that not all plumbers are allowed to tamper with your cross connections because a single mistake can easily contaminate the entire city’s water system.
http://www.harrisplumbing.ca/york-region-plumbers-discuss-water-backflow-and-potential-sources/

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