How Often to Have Your Backflow Prevention Device Checked

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Have you ever had tepid, foul-smelling water bubble up out of your drains while you were washing your hands, or taking a shower? If not, you probably have your backflow prevention device to thank for sparing you the trouble. Most homes in the country contain backflow prevention devices, thanks to city ordinances that mandate it. If you don’t have your backflow prevention device maintained often enough, though, it isn’t going to do you much good. Let’s take a look at backflow prevention, and how often you should have your device checked.

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What is Backflow, And How Can I Prevent It?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

If you’ve ever been washing your hands or taking a shower, and suddenly found a flow of disgusting water coming up through the drain, you’ve encountered backflow. There are two systems that make up the waterworks of any home, the plumbing system and the sewer system. These two systems rely on a balance of pressure that allows water to flow in one direction, from the plumbing system to the sewer system. When that pressure suddenly changes, it can cause the flow of water to reverse, causing sewer water to flow back up into the home and out of the drains. Read on to find out more about the problems this can cause, and how to prevent it.

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Why You Need to Have Your Backflow Prevention Device Checked

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Though you may not even be aware that you have it, your home’s backflow prevention device provides a very important level of protection to your home. Backflow occurs when a sudden change in pressure causes waste water to flow backwards up through your plumbing and into your home. Imagine taking a shower and suddenly finding yourself ankle deep in cold, foul-smelling water. No one wants to deal with that.

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