drainThere are a lot of different systems that comprise your plumbing system, all of them working together. Some of these systems are vital to the operation of the entire plumbing system. Some are not. You may not even be aware that you have some of these systems. Nevertheless, they need professional services every once in a while if they are to stay in good shape. Let’s have a look at one of those more subtle systems, and why you need to schedule maintenance services for it.

The Backflow Prevention System

A backflow prevention system is designed to protect your home’s plumbing system from possible backflow. Backflow is what happens when a sudden imbalance in the water pressure between the plumbing and sewer systems exposes your home to potentially contaminated water. For example, if you have an irrigation or other greywater system hooked up to your plumbing system, it should remain separate from the fresh water pipes that you use for drinking or bathing. Backflow can siphon water from the undesirable system up and into your home’s plumbing system, requiring professional cleaning services to flush out the contamination. In order to prevent this, the vast majority of homes and buildings constructed in the last few decades have been outfitted with a prevention device.

The kind of backflow prevention device used in a home can vary. Some use a vertical gap to ensure that water can only flow one way from the plumbing system to the sewer system. Others make use of one-way valves, which snap shut if the water begins to flow the wrong way up through the pipe. Regardless of the kind of valve you use, though, it’s a good idea to schedule preventive maintenance for it.

Problems Maintenance Solves

Because your backflow prevention device is out of sight and out of mind most of the time, you probably aren’t going to notice if and when it starts to develop problems. That is a problem in and of itself, considering it means that the only time you’re likely to notice an issue is when backflow occurs and the system doesn’t protect you from it. That’s why professional preventive maintenance is a good idea.

Preventive maintenance involves your plumber closely examining the backflow prevention device, making sure that it’s not malfunctioning and is keeping the home properly protected. Most of the issues that backflow prevention devices have to deal with involve waste buildup, especially with the one-way valve variety. Waste buildup can prevent the valve from closing properly, causing the device to fail when it’s needed the most. Something similar can technically happen with the gravity variety, though it’s much rarer. Still, regardless of the kind of backflow prevention device you have in your home, you should schedule preventive maintenance once a year.

The Trusted Plumber offers a full range of backflow maintenance services in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure that your home is properly protected from all backflow events.

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