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Cross-Connections

Cross-Connection

A plumbing cross-connection is when a direct link between drinking water and sewage water exists in the homes plumbing lines. This situation exists an many homes and is all too common. The most common scenario for a cross-connection to be present is when a house has a water softener. Water softeners have a discharge tube to extract water when the systems cycles itself. That hose should run into a sink or sump-pump crack. Many times the discharge tube is attached directly into a sewer drain line causing a cross-connection. (See Above Photo) Other common cross-connections exist that are not as noticeable. A faucet spout that extends below the rim of the sink is another common cross-connection. If the sink fills up all the way and the faucet spout becomes submersed, a cross-connection has occurred.

Dangers Of Cross-Connections

What makes a cross-connection so dangerous? If water pressure to the house were to drop suddenly, a siphoning situation would occur and actually pull sewage from the drain lines into the water supply lines and contaminate drinking water. This can happen weather the house is on a well or municipal water on a septic system or town sewers.

Drop In Water Pressure

Water pressure may drop causing this to occur for any number of reasons. From time to time municipal water authorities flush the water lines on streets and fire departments may use the lines nearby. This causes a dramatic loss of water pressure causing dangerous conditions if a cross-connection exists. Also a malfunctioning well pump may cause siphoning of the lines to exist.

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