If you’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing backflow, you know how important a backflow prevention device is to keeping your home sanitary. Backflow is when a sudden change in pressure causes sewer water to flow backwards into your home, contaminating your plumbing pipes and requiring the whole network to be cleaned out. Most homes are required by law to have backflow prevention devices installed at the time they are built, in order to prevent this from happening. While a backflow prevention device is a great way to protect against backflow problems, it does need to be checked every year. If this doesn’t happen, you could run into some serious problems. Read on to find out why you need to have your backflow prevention device checked annually.
What is a Backflow Prevention Device?
Most backflow prevention devices are essentially one-way valves that are installed in your sewer line. When the water is flowing the way it is supposed to, from your home to the sewer, it pushes the valve open. If and when backflow occurs, though, it pushes the valve closed and prevents it from contaminating your plumbing. This is how the backflow prevention device is supposed to work.
Over time, though, a steady buildup of waste around the valve can actually cause it to stick in the open position. This is obviously a very bad thing, as it leaves your plumbing system vulnerable to backflow. The way to stop this is to schedule backflow inspection. Our plumbers will check the valve in your prevention device, clean it out as necessary, and make sure it’s functioning properly.
If you haven’t had your backflow prevention device inspected in a while, call The Trusted Plumber. We install and service backflow prevention devices throughout Phoenix, AZ.