If you have never dealt with a backflow problem in your home, then I am really happy for you. If you've dealt with an emergency plumbing issue before, you probably wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy; well, maybe you would book a service.
The fact is, Backflow is not only a hassle to clean, it is also a serious threat to your health and the health of your loved ones who live with you. To prevent backflow from occurring in your home, read on and learn about various backflow prevention devices that are available to you as options to protect your family's health.
First of all, what is Backflow?
'What is' Backflow is the name of the phenomenon that occurs when the wastewater flows out of your home reverses and backs up into your clean water supply lines.
This puts your family at risk of exposure to unhealthy drinking water that may contain bacteria like E-Coli and Cryptosporidium.
Installing a backflow prevention device can stop the backflow process before it contaminates your drinking water supply. Backflow prevention devices are also required by law, as backflow is also a threat to public water supplies.
Could use a Trough to Create an Air Gap
One way to prevent backflow is to create an air gap in the cross-sections where backflow is likely to occur. The air gap will not prevent the wastewater from reversing its flow. However, it will prevent backflow from entering drinking water lines. Air spaces can be created by installing a device called a trough.
Typically, a tannish is installed near the pressure relief valve and can come in a variety of angles, sizes, and shapes, thus fitting almost any piping system. It is convenient because it works in virtually any plumbing system. They are also noted for their ability to prevent back pressure, which is a common cause of Backflow.
Or a Pressure Vacuum Breaker
When a change in pressure inside your pipes can also cause backflow. If the air pressure in a pipe is higher than the water pressure, the reduced water pressure will stop pushing the waste water forward.
This causes it to slide back into the pipe, reversing the flow. This process can be avoided by installing a pressure vacuum switch in your system.
The pressure vacuum switches consist of a vented chamber, a pressure gauge and an air inlet valve. Under normal circumstances, the pressure gauge will let water through without opening the air inlet valve. However, if there is a pressure imbalance in the pipeline, the vented chamber will open and close the inlet valve to restore pressure and prevent backflow.
Just make Sure you Choose the Best One for your Hose
How do you choose between a trough air gap and a pressure vacuum switch to prevent backflow in your home? The choice comes down to where you live and what the exact needs of your home and plumbing system are. In Allentown, a pressure vacuum switch may not be the best option, as these devices do not work well in cold winters.
Regardless of which device you decide to install in your home, let Schuler Service help you and your loved ones stay safe from backflow with our backflow testing and certification services.
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