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All About Backflow Prevention

Monday, January 14th, 2019

backflow-regulatorWhen water flows into your home or property, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it. There’s a pipe, and it brings water when you turn on the faucet. Simple, right?

Well, it only seems simple when proper backflow prevention safeguards are in place. Your relationship with water gets a lot more complicated when you consider the fact that water going the opposite direction can be a huge hazard.

We’ll explain what “backflow prevention” really means and why it’s so important to get the OK from certified backflow prevention experts.

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Why You Need Your Backflow Prevention Device Checked Once a Year

Monday, August 10th, 2015

You may not even realize it, but there is a pretty good chance that your home is equipped with a backflow prevention device. Backflow is a potentially serious plumbing problem, caused when a sudden shift in pressure sucks sewer water back up through the house’s plumbing pipes and into your home. This contaminates your household’s plumbing system with waste water, requiring that the whole thing be cleaned out. In the interest of public health, most cities require a backflow prevention device to prevent this from happening. Read on to find out why you need to have your backflow prevention device checked at least once a year.

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Sicklerville, NJ Plumbing Question: Do I Need Backflow Prevention?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Backflow prevention protects a potable water supply from contamination or pollution. In short, it prevents waste from going back into your system as part of the supply. This can be hazardous to your health and home. If you think your water supply has become contaminated by backflow, it is imperative that you take action immediately. SPS Mechanical offers backflow preventer certification and testing through southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our expert backflow team can also provide you with emergency repair services or a consultation on how a new backflow prevention device might improve your Sicklerville, NJ sewage system.

Your plumbing system is designed to send water in a specific direction—from the clean water supply to your faucet. But due to the topography of the land on which your house sits, as well as design features of your home’s plumbing, water would often flow in the opposite direction were it not for certain backflow prevention devices. Because your supply and drainage systems must always be distinct with no overlaps, backflow prevention devices have been developed to keep these systems separate when gravity alone cannot dispose of your waste water. To discuss your backflow prevention options with a local certified professional, call SPS Mechanical today.

There are two basic causes of backflow:

  • Backsiphonage. This occurs when your water supply suffers from low pressure or a vacuum, often resulting in contaminated water attempting to fill that negative pressure.
  • Backpressure. This occurs when the pressure of the plumbing system is greater than that of the entering supply. It is common in cases when the amount of water being used exceeds that which is available.

Popular solutions to these backflow problems include sewer pumps, air gaps, double check valves and vacuum breakers. Only a certified backflow professional like SPS Mechanical knows the best course of action to take against backflow. A cross-contamination of your supply and waste subsystems is a plumbing emergency. Don’t use any plumbed appliances until it has been signed off for use by your local backflow technician. Call a backflow expert at SPS Mechanical today for more information about backflow protection in Sicklerville, NJ.

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