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Backflow Prevention Services in Clovis, NM
Whether you’ve heard of “backflow” or not, it’s certainly something that you should be thinking about as a homeowner. Backflow describes the counter-pressure within a plumbing system that can lead to the contamination of your water supply by wastewater. In order to function, the supply side of the plumbing system is pressurized to a certain degree, and in large spaces, those that are low on a property or high above ground, this is all the more important. The wastewater side of your plumbing system, on the other hand, works by gravitation and ventilation alone (although in some cases, a sewage or effluent pump is necessary).
Backflow can be an issue in any home, but it’s particularly troublesome where water pressure is low, in plumbing systems that were improperly installed, and when the septic tank or sewer line is higher than the home’s plumbing system. In the battle against gravity, it’s important that you keep your home hygienic and your water supply clean. We offer a number of different backflow prevention devices for installation, and we can find one that’s right for you. Moreover, our licensed plumbers are capable of repairing your backflow preventers should they malfunction.
Contact the backflow prevention experts in Clovis, NM at Mark Carpenter Plumbing today!
Why Backflow Is a Problem
The contamination of your water supply can be a serious issue. Not only could it result in gallons and gallons of wasted water, but if you don’t realize it, it might result in illness and increased costs of having your plumbing system cleaned. It often happens as a result of depressurization, which, in addition to the circumstances mentioned above, can also occur in residential irrigation, when chemicals can get into the supply line. All in all, it’s not something you want to worry about, which is why a backflow preventer makes a lot of sense as a preventive measure.
How Backflow Prevention Works
There are various types of backflow prevention devices, but the basic idea is to prevent a reverse flow of wastewater back into the supply system. An air gap (for example, the space between a faucet and a drain) is the most basic type, but there are pressure vacuum breakers, reduced pressure zones, double–check assemblies, and an atmospheric vacuum breaker.
The pressure vacuum breaker is a cost–effective option, but it’s not typically allowed where back–pressure might be a concern. A more popular option is the double–check assembly, which uses two shutoff valves, two independent check valves that are spring loaded, and four test cocks (small isolation valves used to test the effectiveness of the assembly). We can find one that matches your needs exactly.
Does Your Backflow Preventer Need Service?
It’s always a good idea to consider preventive maintenance before shelling out your hard–earned dollars for repairs. Routine plumbing maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure that any minor issues are not given the chance to balloon into serious (and costly) problems. We offer exceptional backflow preventer inspection and maintenance services, as well as repairs. If your backflow prevention device is not working as it should, then give us a call. We can investigate what’s wrong and make a recommendation based on our findings. Call Mark Carpenter Plumbing to prevent backflow in your Clovis, NM home.