Backflow testing and certification isn’t just a way for your city government to make money. It is actually an important part of your plumbing and water service. Hiring a reliable and honest plumber is key as backflow prevention isn’t only gross, but a major health concern. John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning are experts in backflow prevention, testing, and certification. We’ve been around since 1996 and take your plumbing seriously!
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What is Backflow and How Does it Happen?
Backflow can be defined as a reversal of the flow of water or mixture of water and other substances. This undesirable mixture flowing in reverse eventually makes its way into your pipes and through your faucets.
Backflow can happen when there is an abrupt break in the water supply or an interruption in services. The pressure drop is what causes the reversal of flow and if your home is without a backflow preventer, you will have that substance coming to your sinks, showers, and appliances.
Backflow Preventers and Certification
A backflow preventer will stop the problem of these undesirable substances coming into your home plumbing system. There are a number of these on the market. If you’re unsure of what type of backflow preventer best fits your needs, consult with a plumbing professional. This will ensure you end up with the best preventer for your needs and cost. Some of your choices may be:
- Pressure Vacuum Breaker- the most common and least expensive whole-system backflow preventer.
- Double Check Valve- you can opt for a pre-assembled product that will likely meet local codes or assemble the valve yourself. These are good for both indoor or underground installations
- Reduced Pressure Zone- while this type of backflow preventer is more complex and expensive, it is also the most reliable. Commonly used for commercial buildings
- Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker- a bit less common than other types of backflow preventers because they must be installed on every control valve
Once you have a backflow preventer installed, it only makes sense to have it tested and certified. The certification may go to the city, but it can also mean peace of mind for you.
Know Who to Call
Backflow preventers might not be the most exciting part of plumbing, but they do prevent the spread of water-borne illness and prevent your family from consuming contaminated water. While it would be quite obvious if you had sludge coming through your faucets, water that was previously used (grey water) might not be so plainly seen.
This is where calling a professional plumber to install a backflow preventer comes into play. John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning would love the opportunity to keep your family safe.
All of our technicians are drug screened and background checked. We offer 24-hour emergency service and someone is always available to take your call.
We can also help with your sewer line repair needs so your entire waste system is working at the highest level possible.