Plumbing systems are intricate structures of pipes, joints, intersections, and valves. Under ideal conditions, plumbing systems flow properly and supply fresh, clean water consistently and reliably. Unfortunately, sometimes those systems falter. Whether a crack in a water supply line interferes with the proper flow or a failed joint causes a significant leak, sometimes interference can cause backflow in the system. When that happens, contaminated water could be drawn back into the clean supply. Backflow prevention assemblies help reduce this risk. Here's a look at some of the things you should understand about backflow prevention for your plumbing system.
Backflow Prevention Keeps Water Flowing In One Direction
Backflow prevention systems form a barrier that keeps water from flowing backward through the system, even when there's a break that disrupts the pressure or gravitational flow of the line. These devices contain a valve that flows in only one direction, which is what makes them so effective.
Backflow Prevention Devices Vary In Style And Structure
The right backflow prevention device for your application will depend on many factors, including the structure of your plumbing system, the potential hazards, and the municipal regulations and requirements. Your local plumbing contractor can help you evaluate your plumbing system to determine what type of backflow prevention you need and where it should be installed.
Backflow Prevention Should Be Professionally Installed
You might think that it's easy enough to install backflow prevention on your own, especially when they seem like simple fixtures. However, it is important that backflow prevention devices be installed by a licensed plumber to ensure that they are installed correctly. Improper installation can damage your pipes, interfere with water flow, and potentially provide no protection against backflow.
Backflow Prevention Needs Routine Maintenance And Testing
It isn't enough to install backflow prevention systems. You need to work with a plumber to ensure that your backflow prevention devices are properly maintained and tested every year. Otherwise, a failure in the system would go undetected until you needed it. At that point, you would discover the failure when it mattered the most. Avoid these types of disasters by establishing a routine maintenance and testing schedule for your system's integrity.
Backflow prevention is a valuable investment for any plumbing system, and it may be required in certain municipal areas. Your plumbing contractor can help you explore the details of your plumbing system's backflow prevention needs as well as evaluate the plumbing system's core integrity.
For more information on backflow prevention, contact a professional near you.