What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

The sewer system here in Huntsville, TX is first rate, and when linked to your home plumbing system can easily transport contaminated water out of your toilets and sinks to be safely processed and disposed of. There’s just one problem. For all of our technological advances, water still can flow both ways, which means that non-potable water can come up your pipes in the right (or wrong) circumstances. The solution is a backflow prevention device, installed at the apex of your home plumbing system and protecting you from the issue of backflow. Here’s how it works.

What Is Backflow?

The flow of water out of your home and into the sewer system is dictated by pressure in the pipes. Higher pressure in your smaller home pipes pushes the water out into the large sewage pipes, which have lower pressure. But sometimes, that pressure can rise. It could be methane gasses or a rise in water levels due to flooding. It might even be a fire hydrant being opened nearby. Whatever the reason, the change in pressure causes sewer water to back up into your home, filling your sink basins, toilets and other fixtures with non-potable water. You can see what a problem that is and what a threat it presents to the health of your family.

How a Backflow Prevention Device Works

A backflow prevention device is simply a valve which detects a rise in pressure in your pipes and snaps closed when backflow is possible. The good news is that it can still open to remove waste water from your home. It simply keeps your house safe against the possibility of backflow and ensures that you can trust and enjoy the water that comes out of your tap no matter what the circumstances.

Call the pros at Ardon Maintenance to install a backflow prevention device.

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