Backflow Prevention

Backflow Prevention

Get Answers To All Your Most Pressing Backflow Questions

When you think of backflow, what image comes to mind? For many people, it’s the horrible image of a toilet suddenly turning into a poop geyser.

Thankfully, poop geysers are rare. But they do happen.

But when we at Allstar Home Services refer to backflow, we mean any instance when the water in your pipes runs in the wrong direction. You might think that never happens, but it’s actually pretty common.

What Causes Backflow?

Backflow is most commonly caused by a change in water pressure. A pressure change at a cross connection in your plumbing line causes the water that normally flows forward to suddenly flow backward. Cross connections are any point in your plumbing lines where safe drinking water and unsafe wastewater may potentially interact.

Examples of cross connections include:

  • Dishwashers
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Toilets
  • Handheld Shower Heads
  • Hose Bibbs
  • Sill Cocks
  • Swimming Pools
  • Lawn Irrigation Systems

What Causes The Pressure Changes That Lead To Backflow?

You would be amazed at all the ways a pressure change can occur. The most common are clogs and leaks, but you can also see a large change in water pressure when a large amount of water is used, such as when firefighters were battling wildfires earlier this year.

What Happens If My Water Backflows?

If you experience a backflow, dirty water can flow back into your clean drinking water, contaminating your home’s water supply. Depending on the source of the backflow, you could be dealing with contamination from lawn fertilizer and pesticide, washing soap and fabric softener, or even bodily waste. Yuck!

How Does A Backflow Preventer Help?

A backflow preventer is designed to, well, prevent backflow. There are three major types of backflow prevention device:

  • Double Check Valve
  • Pressure Vacuum Breaker Assembly
  • Reduced Pressure Zone Devices

It’s installed at any cross connection to ensure that when a change in your water pressure occurs, your water will continue flowing in the right direction.

Can I Install My Own Backflow Preventer?

You should always have a qualified plumbing professional install your backflow prevention device. This will ensure the backflow preventer is installed properly—so you never have to worry about poop geysers in your house.

Having Backflow Problems? Allstar Can Help!

If you have any additional questions, or are experiencing backflow problems in your Rancho Cucamonga area home, give Allstar Home Services a call at (909) 219-9704. Our team is here to help whenever you need us.

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