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Backflow is one of those bizarre problems that is so common for plumbing systems that most homes have backflow prevention devices installed when they’re first built. This means that most homeowners are not actually aware of the problem, that they have a prevention system in place or, more importantly, that such a system needs professional services in order to keep operating properly. That all can add up to some serious problems, if it’s not dealt with.
If you need backflow prevention services of any kind, Environment Masters, Inc. is here to help you out. We offer backflow testing and backflow prevention devices throughout Jackson, MS. If you need a backflow prevention device installed, repaired, maintained, or replaced, contact us today for an appointment. Trusted. Since 1957.
What is Backflow, and Why Does it Need Preventing?
In order to understand what backflow is, you need to know a bit about how your home’s plumbing system works. Normally, the pressurization of water keeps your home’s plumbing system flowing in only one direction. This pressure balance is what keeps water flowing through your plumbing system, down into the sewer system, and then out to either the sewer main or the septic tank.
Backflow is when there’s a sudden disruption in that pressure balance, which can cause a number of problems. Most seriously, it can suck wastewater back up and into the plumbing system. Let’s say, for example, there was a pool of dirty water around a sprinkler head, or you had a hose in a bucket of soapy water, and a reversal in pressure forced that contaminated water to get sucked back into the plumbing system. This could contaminate the city’s supply, and you could be held responsible.
Types of Backflow Preventers
There are many causes of these kinds of pressure imbalances, but the point is that they are common enough that you probably already have a defense against them. Backflow prevention devices come in a variety of types.
The most common is the simple one–way valve. When everything is working normally, the valve stays open and allows water to flow through it unimpeded. If there’s a sudden pressure shift, though, the valve will snap shut and prevent backflow from making it up into the house. Other common backflow prevention measures include gap devices, which use vertical drops that make it impossible for wastewater to cross in a backflow scenario.
All of these systems need maintenance, though, if they are to continue protecting their homes. Otherwise, some of them may fail the next time a backflow event occurs. If you know that you have a backflow prevention device installed in your home, you should schedule maintenance for it at least once every couple of years. If you don’t have one installed, we highly recommend that you get one.
We Provide Full Backflow Preventer Services in Jackson, MS
No matter what state of readiness your home is in regarding backflow prevention, we can make sure it’s up to snuff. We offer backflow testing services, as well as installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance. Whether you’ve scheduled backflow services before, or have never even heard of it before now, we can make sure your system is up to standards. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers. We offer full backflow prevention services throughout Jackson, MS.