Monday, March 3, 2014
Preventing Backflow in your Northeast Florida Home
Backflow preventors are some of the most important home maintenance tools that a Northeast Florida homeowner should have set in place. Backflow preventors are devices that prevent the contamination of water supplies of a home which is caused by backflow. Water contamination can pose very serious health hazards for homeowners. For example if a person is fixing a toilet that is known to contain large amounts of urine, a backflow can cause that urine to travel elsewhere such as the kitchen sink or shower.
Backsiphonage is the reversal of water flow caused by an increase in the velocity of water use. This is a typical problem encountered by households that have aged pipelines, leaked sewer connections and crossed over connections. The water flow is redirected into the other connections which causes a huge problem for homeowners because in order to fix the problem, they would have to break down the house and find the pipe that is causing the backflow. This is where backflow preventors are very important because they help prevent this problem.
Backpressure is the reversal of water flow within a piping system that is caused by an increase in the water used compared to the water supplied. This problem is usually encountered by people who are in fire fighting and is not really a common problem that homeowners face. Having effective backflow preventors is very important in home maintenance. The main cause of backflow is an aging of pipes and it is very tough to forecast when these pipes breakdown.