What is a Backflow Preventer?
Installed on your home’s water pipes, a backflow preventer is a device that allows water to flow in one direction but never in the opposite. Its sole job is to prevent drinking water from becoming contaminated due to backflow in your water system.
How Does Backflow Occur?
Water enters your home from the main water supply line. At this entry point, water should only ever flow in one direction — into your home. But sometimes, due to pressure changes in the pipes, that water can actually flow backwards and seep back into the main water supply line. This is what's known as "backflow." When it occurs, your home’s drinking water can become contaminated with fertilizers, pesticides, human waste, and soap from sinks and showers.
The Solution: A Backflow Prevention Device
Plumbing One professionally installs backflow preventers to ensure that no incoming water gets contaminated by waste. Depending on the location of your home or business, a backflow preventer may even be required. If you already have one of these devices installed, bear in mind that annual testing may also be required. Plumbing One is a licensed certified backflow tester, so our techs are trained to ensure your system is properly installed and operating correctly.
Plumbing One is the “ONE” to call when you have a broken water service line. We can usually schedule your repair within a couple of days weather permitting. Depending on what type of failure your water service has, a fracture or cut we could possibly do a repair. Some of the older water services have faulty or failing materials which would constitute full replacement.
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