Many people do not know much about backflow nor why it needs to be prevented. Luckily, with ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning on your side, you don’t really need to! We love teaching our customers about every facet of their home’s plumbing and why it’s important. Our technicians are trained to the highest standards and there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call. In addition to this, you can expect that we will arrive for an appointment on time and present a fixed, upfront price before the job starts so there are no surprises!
Our goal is to help you when you need us most, which is why emergency repair services!
What is Backflow?
Backflow is the undesirable reversal of the flow of water back into your home after it has already drained. This can happen when there is a drop in pressure due to a break in the main water line or even when a nearby business uses a fire suppression system. Unfortunately, when this issue arises, it can be difficult to detect because the contaminated water looks just like the normal water that flows from your faucets. It can be dangerous because it may contain raw sewage, bacteria like E. Coli or Legionella, or pesticides used to kill bugs in your yard.
You may not realize it, but you have a type of backflow preventer installed in at every sink and shower in your home. This particular type of preventer is known as an air gap preventer and basically works like this: when water flows from the tap into a sink, it will typically drain. Should the drain get stopped up for some reason and the sink fills, the water will still never reach the faucet. This is due to the fact that there is a gap of air between the faucet and the top of the sink to prevent any contamination between wastewater and your water supply.
Types of Backflow Preventers
Although the air gap mentioned above can be seen as a backflow preventer, it does not actually prevent contaminated water coming into your home from outside sources. There are numerous backflow preventers on the market to take care of this problem with the most common ones including:
- Pressure vacuum breakers
- Double check valves
- Reduced pressure zone assemblies
- Atmospheric vacuum breaker assemblies
Each one of these preventers operates slightly differently but will have the same effect. The choice of which works best for your home can be determined after consulting with a professional that understands your plumbing needs.
The ProSolutions Advantage
If you know you have a backflow preventer but can’t remember the last time it was checked and tested, it is time for a technician to ensure it still works. Having a backflow preventer is one thing, but if it doesn’t work it won’t do any good! It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to be uncertain if their home even has one of these devices or where it might be located–that is perfectly fine and normal–we can help with that too!
Worried about flood risks and water damage to your Edmonton home? Consider installing a sump pump as a preventive measure!