When most of us think about the water flowing through our pipes, we think of it coming out. However, it’s important to remember that water can flow either forward or backward. This can lead to contamination and a variety of other problems. What is the best way to avoid them? A backflow preventer. Here is what every homeowner should know about this plumbing tool.
What Is a Backflow Preventer?
A backflow preventer is sometimes called a backflow prevention device. These are plumbing tools that can prevent your water from being polluted with liquids or gases that could make you sick. It works by stopping water in your pipes from flowing backward instead of forward. There are a few spots where backflow is common, including in the dishwasher and washing machine. By using a backflow preventer, you can avoid this problem.
Why Do You Need a Backflow Preventer?
- It is not safe to drink water that has been contaminated. A backflow preventer is the only way to completely eliminate the risk of water flowing back in your pipes and introducing chemicals or solids that may harm you.
- Even if you don’t think that you currently have a backflow preventer, there is a good chance that you do because of requirements that various states and cities have.
- If a backflow occurs in your pipes, it can do serious damage to your plumbing system on top of the potential damage to your health. A backflow preventer is an excellent way to avoid the need for costly repairs in the future.
Do You Need a Backflow Preventer?
As we mentioned above, most homeowners are legally required to have a backflow preventer installed. However, if you run on a well, there is a good chance that you do not have to have one. Even then, most well owners opt to install a backflow preventer to prevent the possibility of waste water contaminating their freshwater.
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