The water in your pipes can only flow in one of two ways: towards your house, or away from it. The water flowing towards your house is clean and can be used for drinking, cooking, and bathing. The water flowing away from your house carries your waste, dirty dish and bath water, and more.
What would happen if something went wrong, and these two very different types of water crossed paths? It happens more often than you'd think, and it's called backflow.
Beltz Home Service Co. is here to help you with all your backflow repair, testing and certification needs! Give us a call today.
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What is Backflow and Why is Testing for It Important?
Backflow is the reversed flow of water in your plumbing system. Think of it as water flowing up into your faucet instead of coming out of it. It's a problem because the backflow can cause contaminated water to mix with your freshwater supply.
To prevent contamination, most cities require backflow certifications in every home. Backflow testing is performed to make sure your backflow prevention devices work. This ensures that sewage won’t flow into your clean water supply and contaminate your home.
How Can You Prevent Backflow?
There are several different types of backflow prevention devices available today. All have the same purpose: to keep the water in your pipes flowing in the right direction.
Here are some of the backflow prevention devices available:
- Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) - The most common and inexpensive type of backflow preventer. PVBs are a good option for whole-system backflow prevention
- Double Check Valve - A great option for preventing back-siphonage (or back pressure), Double check valves can be installed either above ground or inline.
- Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ) - The most reliable type of backflow prevention device. RPZs are more complex, so they can be pricier than other options.
- Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB) - Another simple and inexpensive option, but not very reliable. AVBs are only a good option in one or two zone irrigation systems.
Call Beltz Home Service Co. to speak with an experienced plumbing contractor about backflow installation. Our technicians are known for being friendly, knowledgeable, and straightforward. We’ll answer any questions you have up front, so you won’t be left guessing.
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