water-handsWhen most people think of plumbing, they imagine kitchen sinks and showers and the appliances that they make use of every day. Those are not the only important parts of your plumbing system, though. There are many different parts that contribute to a residential plumbing system running smoothly, some of which are more vital than others. There are also many optional upgrades, though, that can help quite a bit in various ways. If you’re looking for a way to improve your plumbing system’s function, consider installing these upgrades.

Automatic Shutoff Valve

Every home contains a manual shutoff valve, designed to cut off all water flowing into the home in case of emergency or repairs. This can be quite useful in case of a plumbing emergency, like a pipe rupturing. However, there are some issues with this method.

First, you need to actually be there to close the valve and prevent further water damage. If a plumbing emergency occurs while you’re asleep, or out of the house, then your home won’t have any defense against it. Second, you need to know where your shutoff valve is in order to get to it in time. Locations of shutoff valves are not standardized, and yours could be in about half a dozen different places. You really don’t want to have to run all over the place looking for your shutoff valve while water is spilling all over your floor.

An automatic shutoff valve will monitor the pressure in your plumbing system, and automatically shut it off if it detects a sudden change. With this, you won’t have to worry about a plumbing emergency causing thousands of dollars’-worth of damage before you can have the water shut off.

Backflow Prevention

Backflow is when a pressure disruption between your plumbing system and your sewer system sucks waste water back up into your home. It’s a common issue, so much so that many new homes are automatically outfitted with a backflow prevention device. If your home isn’t already set up with one of these, though, you should definitely consider having one installed. Backflow prevention devices ensure that your home plumbing system continues to operate properly without being affected by sudden pressure shifts.

Sump Pump

It’s unlikely that you’ll have to deal with a flooding risk capable of submerging your home here in Arizona. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about flooding at all, though. Areas like basements and crawl spaces can be very susceptible to flooding during rain, and even a minor amount of water damage can be quite expensive to repair. If you want to defend a vulnerable area of your home, you should consider installing a sump pump. Sump pumps collect water that floods into an area, and pump it out of the home. This helps to protect your home from flooding damage.

The Trusted Plumber provides a full range of plumbing services in Sun City, AZ. If you need a plumbing system installed or serviced, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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