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What Is A Backflow Preventer?

Backflow is the backward flow of water that’s been contaminated by sewage and other contaminants. It is a serious hazard that could affect people’s health along with the sanitation and cleanliness of their homes. However, with a backflow preventer, you can avoid this all together. Here’s how:

Backflow Prevention Devices

A backflow preventer device is designed to prevent the water from flowing in the wrong direction. At Aquarius Water Conditioning, our installation experts understand how important water filtration is for homeowners and business professionals who have this problem regularly.

Check valves are designed to work automatically to prevent the higher amounts of back pressure that cause backflow. A double check valve has two valves where one works as a substitute for the other. The two-way valves have two openings that allow the entry and exit of water.

Check valves are small and basic in design but available in various sizes. The valves have automatic triggers that are not controlled by any external force. These work similarly to automatic heart valves that prevent the backflow of blood into the chambers.

Repairs, Maintenance, and Replacements for Check Valves

After long-term use, check valves deteriorate by forming cracks. Most valves need replacements once every 10 to 20 years. In crowded public buildings where the risks of contamination are high, the frequency of replacement increases. Fortunately, there are signs to look for if your backflow device needs repairs, such as:

  • Water leaking in inside of out
  • Discolored water
  • Odor
  • Unpleasant taste

Reaching the valve in order to repair it is very difficult or impossible to do. Getting repairs done is more affordable than making replacements. However, a replacement is recommended if the repair costs are excessive.

Most residential and commercial irrigation systems are now built with backflow devices. All parts, regardless of age or manufacturer, will break down with wear and tear. The law requires the devices to be repaired and maintained for the health and safety of the public. The design of check valves is complex and requires the help of the professionals at Aquarius Water Conditioning to install and maintain the systems.

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