Why is Backflow Prevention Important?

What is Backflow?

Water is vital to your entire household. You drink it, shower in it, wash laundry with it, and water the lawn with it. However, not every source of water is the same.

For many places, the pure, clear drinking water that comes from your kitchen taps is different from the water that runs through the toilet or irrigates your garden. This system can work very well as long as the different kinds of water are kept separate. However, that doesn’t always happen.

When water travels through your house, it passes through many connection points. Some of these pipes connect with non-drinkable water sources. By law, all of these sources should have a one-way valve that prevents potentially contaminated water from getting into the drinking water system. However, sometimes a change in water pressure or other issue causes these valves to fail. That’s where backflow prevention comes in.

Where can Backflow Affect Your House?

One of the most common areas for backflow to occur is in your property’s irrigation system. Water that’s suitable for keeping your lawn lush and green may not be suitable for washing your dishes. If backflow occurs, you may find your drinking water contaminated by dirt, fertilizer, and other potentially dangerous substances.

Most municipalities require households to have a backflow prevention device installed. If you don’t have one or your existing device fails, you may be held liable for fees and risk your health with contaminated water. If you suspect there’s a problem, call an experienced plumber. They can advise you on local codes and regulations, install a backflow prevention device, and perform testing and maintenance.

Are You Interested in Backflow Prevention?

At Real HVAC Services, we can install and troubleshoot all of your home’s plumbing and HVAC needs. We offer both scheduled visits and 24-hour emergency service. Contact us today and one of our courteous employees will get back to you with an estimate.