Backflow is a serious issue that afflicts a wide range of homes across the country. It’s so common that most cities have made it legally required that homes have a backflow prevention device installed. Simply installing the device isn’t enough to keep your home protected from backflow. Read on to find out why you should have your backflow prevention device checked every year.
There are a wide variety of backflow prevention devices on the market today, but the most common is a simple one-way valve. When water is flowing in the correct direction through the system, the valve stays open. When backflow occurs, though, the valve snaps shut and prevents sewer water from contaminating the plumbing system. Though simple, this solution works quite well most of the time.
The problem with simply installing the device and ignoring it is that waste can build up around the valve over time. Eventually, this waste buildup can become severe enough that it actually prevents the valve from closing properly. This will not give any outward symptom, until the next time backflow occurs. At that point, the plumbing system will be contaminated and the damage will be done. That’s a pretty expensive way to find out your device isn’t working.
Backflow Prevention Maintenance
Since there is no way to detect a problem with your backflow prevention device early without physically examining it, the best way to keep your home protected is to schedule maintenance once a year. This gives your plumber the opportunity to check the device out, and clean it if necessary. With annual backflow prevention device maintenance, you can rest assured that your home will be properly protected against the effects of backflow.
If you need to schedule backflow prevention device maintenance, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer a full range of backflow prevention device maintenance services throughout Scottsdale, AZ.