What is Backflow?
In a closed hydraulic system, fluids will move from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. Municipal water towers provide a source of continuous high pressure in a water supply system, and the faucets in the home or business create a low-pressure release. Ordinarily, this establishes a one-way flow of water through the system. However, if anything causes this pressure to be interrupted, pressure imbalances can be created beyond the point of interruption, which may, under certain conditions, reverse the flow of the water. And if the faucet does not release the water into the air, but is instead connected directly to a source of contamination, that contamination can flow back into the water line. This reversal of direction is called backflow .
When Might Backflow Contamination Occur?
Other Backflow Contamination Issues
You Need a Professional To Recognize and Prevent Backflow
The issues above would not be problems if everyone's plumbing systems were built and maintained according to the Calfornia plumbing codes, and if all plumbing systems were built and maintained by individuals trained in hydraulics. Nor would there be a danger if homeowners always followed the code when making repairs, and if they used only products designed to safeguard the system. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the proper training but at Plumbing Solution we do.
Backflow Prevention Systems
Mechanical Backflow Preventers - The principal types of mechanical backflow preventer are the reduced-pressure principle assembly, the pressure vacuum breaker assembly, and the double check valve assembly. A secondary type of mechanical backflow preventer is the residential dual check valve.
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