The Benefits of Installing a Backflow Prevention System
Backflow refers to the undesirable flow of waste water into the clean water supply due to a change in pressure in the plumbing system. Your water supply is kept pressurised in order for it to easily flow from the faucets and fixtures in your house. Your drainage system, however, depends on gravity to transport wastewater along the pipes. Backflow happens when there is a “cross-connection” within the water system.
Cross connections are the spots where a clean water system connects with the waste water system. Such connections take place naturally in appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. However, these are meticulously designed and installed to avoid backflow. Another common spot to place a backflow preventer is the connection of a fire sprinkler system to a water main, which stops pressurised water from moving from the fire suppression system into the public water supply. Here are some of the top benefits of installing backflow prevention devices in your home.
Prevent Water Contamination
A backflow prevention system is created to stop water from changing directions and coming back up from your pipes. This is an essential feature of most commercial plumbing systems because it makes certain that dirty backflow water does not mix with clean potable water. Backflow might occur in your home because of changes in pressure within your commercial plumbing system from either direction. Higher pressure transport dirty water into drinking water lines while lower pressure, or back-siphonage, has the opposite result.
In each case, clean and contaminated water may mix. Backflow preventers are designed to ensure that potable and non-potable water do not meet, thus restricting the ability for non-potable water to contaminate clean lines. Have an experienced plumbing company like Active Plumbing help you select the right kind of backflow prevention system for your home.
Health and Safety Benefits
Backflow preventers are advanced plumbing devices that are responsible for keeping the public safe from toxic chemicals, bacteria, and germs from organic waste that is found in wastewater. Although an industrial backflow preventer may protect your neighbourhood’s water supply, your home’s also needs to have its own backflow preventer, to ensure that wastewater from your sewer line and drains do not contaminate your potable water line.
Bear in mind that when it does, an unpleasant odour is normally your first sign. This is an extremely unhygienic situation, specifically if left unresolved. It can lead to serious health problems among the members of your household. Unless you have a backflow preventer, there is always the threat that your house’s plumbing pressure drops and also water changes direction – combing with the fresh water line that you utilize for drinking, showering as well as washing your clothes.
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