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How to Prevent Backflow in Your Plumbing

by Denver Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical

Backflow in your plumbing is a serious problem that thankfully can be prevented with proper maintenance and care.  It occurs when the flow of water in your home reverses. This usually occurs because the pressure in the system is altered, either increased further down the system or decreased somewhere within the home itself. It’s a serious problem because it can introduce contaminated water in your drinking or bathing water. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, here in Parker, plumbing services can install devices to help prevent the problem from affecting you: protecting your family and home in the event of a backflow problem. Here’s how to prevent backflow in your plumbing.

Plumbing Backflow Prevention

A good plumber can install a backflow prevention device to help address the danger. The simplest of them use air to serve as a cushion against backflow. Air gaps usually need to appear at the end of a pipe in order to be effective. A more complete device is referred to as a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer or RPBP. It consists of a central chamber with two valves on either side. The valves will close when the pressure is off, preventing the water from backing up. Vacuum breakers operate on a similar principle, closing a valve when water pressure pushes too far in the wrong direction.

Of course, one of the simplest ways to prevent backflow is using a barometric loop: a section of pipe shapes like an inverted U paced “upstream” from a cross connecting pipe. It works so long as there’s no backpressure involved and can be a lifesaver in many cases.

For more on how to prevent backflow in your plumber or to schedule a consultation service, contact the experts at Bell Plumbing and Heating. We operate throughout Parker, plumbing issues of all types are a central part of our operation, and we can help make sure that backflow problems never harm your family or plumbing system.

We pride ourselves on making our customers happy, and we can deliver on our promises the first time, every time. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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