There are certain problems that we do not worry about until they happen. One of those types of problems is when our plumbing develops backflow issues. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way. We can get ahead of backflow problems and, in some cases, even prevent them from happening. That is why it is important that homeowners learn the signs of backflow issues and how to prevent backflow problems before they start.
Tips for Preventing Plumbing Backflow Problems
There are several steps you can and should take to prevent plumbing backflow problems. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent your plumbing system from developing backflow issues:
- Backflow Test – Getting annual, or even semi-annual, plumbing backflow tests is one of the best ways to prevent your home from developing plumbing backflow problems. These tests involve a plumber closing your plumbing system’s downstream valve, waiting a few moments, and checking the pressure gauge to ensure your system’s pressure is moving in the right direction. In addition, the plumber will inspect your relief valves and air ports to make sure they are working properly.
- Change Filters – There are three filters in your plumbing system that are the most important to change regularly. They are the iron filter, sub-micron post-filter, and the sediment pre-filter. Over time, bacteria from contaminated water can buildup on these filters, which makes them much less effective. When these filters don’t work effectively, it can lead to backflow problems.
- Air Gap Fitting – Air gap fittings are non-mechanical devices that help prevent backflow. They create a space between the flood level of a vessel and a water outlet, which makes backflow impossible. Faucets have air gap fittings. It is what makes it possible for water to flow out of a faucet but not back into a faucet.
- Barometric Loop – These are stretches of piping that are U-shaped. Barometric loops make it very difficult for water to flow back up a pipe, which prevents backflow.
- Pressure Type Vacuum Breaker – This device can be installed in your plumbing system. It monitors the pressure in your pipes. If the pressure drops too low, the pressure type vacuum breaker will close the check valve. This will prevent backflow.
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