Backflow prevention is an essential component of any plumbing system. Without backflow prevention, contaminated water can flow back into the clean water supply, causing serious health hazards.
Backpressure or backflow is caused when there is a sudden change in water pressure. This can happen when a water main breaks, or when there is a power outage that causes pumps to fail. Also, backflow can occur when there is a drop in water pressure due to high demand, such as during a fire.
There are many areas within your home or business where backflow can occur. These areas include:
These are prime areas for backflow. For baths and showers that use extended outlet pipes, backflow is prevalent because the water has to travel a longer distance and is thus under greater pressure.
When a toilet is flushed, the water in the bowl is also under great pressure. If there are any cracks or leaks in the pipes leading from the toilet, backflow can occur.
When you face any of these problems, our backflow prevention experts will come to your rescue. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your plumbing system to identify any potential backflow problems. Once we have found the problem, we will recommend the best course of action to take to prevent backflow from happening again.
If you have a swimming pool, you need to be especially vigilant about backflow. This is because the water in the pool is under constant pressure from the pump. If there is any crack or leak in the pipes, backflow can occur.
One backflow situation can be very costly, not to mention the health risks involved. This is why it’s so important to have a backflow prevention plan in place.
This problem can be costly, hence there is need for a backflow prevention plan. Our experts will install the right devices and systems to keep your family or customers safe and healthy.
Gardens and backyards are other areas where backflow can occur. This is mainly caused by having an attached hose that is used for irrigation purposes. When the water is turned on, it can flow back into the drinking water system if there isn’t a backflow preventer in place.
Accidental water contamination from garden horses is a serious health hazard. Therefore, acting fast to install a backflow valve is crucial. We have an array of solutions for you, hence you can trust to deliver based on your needs and budget.
There are several types of backflow devices, and the most common ones are:
This is a backflow device that is used to protect against both water contamination as well as health hazards. It works by creating a barrier between the contaminated water and the clean water.
The RPZ device is composed of two check valves, a pressure relief valve, and an automatic shut-off valve. These components work together to ensure that water only flows in one direction.
An air gap is the most simple and common type of backflow device. It works by creating a physical barrier between the contaminated water and the clean water supply.
The air gap is created by having a small space between the end of the sink and the beginning of the hose. This way, even if there is backpressure, the contaminated water will not be able to reach the clean water.
It is important to note that an air gap is not a foolproof backflow device and can still allow contaminants into the clean water supply if not installed correctly.
At Hills Emergency Plumber, we know how important it is to have a backflow prevention device installed. We also know that choosing the right device can be confusing. That is why we are here to help.
We will come to your home or business and assess your needs. From there, we will recommend the best type of backflow device for you. We will even install it for you so that you can be sure it is done correctly.
We have a team of experienced and certified plumbers who are ready to help you with all of your backflow needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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