Here at Gotelli Plumbing, we want your plumbing to go with the flow. However, when that flow is interrupted, it’s time to call in a professional. When it comes to defective pipes and broken valves, we know they can be terrifying!
A device that keeps you protected — plumbing-wise — is the backflow preventer. You may be asking what that device is, and whether you need one for your home. Luckily, we at Gotelli Plumbing are here to help answer your questions.
What Is A Backflow Preventer?
In your main water supply, water flow should only move inwards toward your home. However outside factors can affect the pressure in your pipes, causing it to change direction. This is what is referred to as backflow.
A backflow preventer is a device installed on the pipes leading to your main water supply that essentially keeps your water supply flowing in the same direction. Depending on the area you live in, installing one of these devices may be necessary.
Types Of Backflow Preventers
These devices come in two different variations — backflow prevention assemblies and backflow protection devices.
Backflow prevention assemblies are typically required, since they are installed at a water service connection. They are the more popular choice, since frequent tests can be run on them.
These assemblies are split into different forms:
- Spill-resistant vacuum breakers
- Pressure vacuum breakers
- Reduced pressure principle assembly
- Double check valves
Backflow prevention devices are installed where the irrigation meets your main water line. Unlike assemblies, they cannot be tested frequently because they lack the valves and valve components for proper testing.
When you consider what kind of assembly you need, a technician on our team will be able to tell you which one of these variations is right for you.
The Risk Of Not Having A Backflow Preventer
Although they may not be mandatory everywhere, having a backflow preventer can help keep unwanted toxins out of your water supply. When backflow occurs, it can back up into the municipal water supply and contaminate the water coming through your pipes.
Without a backflow preventer, some toxins that may sneak in your water supply include:
- Human waste
In the long haul, investing in one of these devices for your home can ease any worry that your water may be contaminated.
Taking Care of Your Pipes
Your pipes help deliver clean water to your house for use in the bathroom, kitchen and anywhere where water would flow. Devices such as backflow preventers help keep your pipes functioning efficiently. After all, incorrect pressure to the pipes can cause a plumbing nightmare.
Investing time and money into your pipes can help you keep your family safe. When it comes to maintaining your plumbing system, running routine tests is important to keep the flow of water going in the direction it should.
Gotelli Plumbing Is Here To Help!
Gotelli Plumbing wants to keep your water clean and your family happy! Our professionals offer quality backflow testing at a fair price as well as installment of these assemblies.
Now that you know how these devices work, we are here to help you take the next steps. Schedule services with Gotelli Plumbing today!