What Is A Backflow Preventer?

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What Is A Backflow Preventer?

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You may be wondering what is a backflow preventer and do I need one? A backflow preventer is a device installed at your business to ensure that water cannot travel backward into the main water pipe. When water enters your business from the main water supply line, it should flow only in one direction: into your business.

A backflow preventer valve is designed to prevent the water in your main water supply lines from flowing reversely.

Understanding Backflow

The most important term to understand is “backflow.” Backflow refers to the undesirable reversing of flow into the potable water supplies. Backflow might occur when there is a break in the main water line or the fire hydrant is open. Anytime there is a huge water pressure change, backflow can occur. 

When backflow occurs, bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful debris can cause contamination in the water supply. When the water becomes undrinkable, it can lead to serious illness (if ingested). 

What Is A Backflow Preventer?

As previously discussed, the water backflow prevention device prevents the possibility of contamination due to a backflow event. Think of a backflow prevention device as a safety barrier between raw sewage and clean drinking water. 

Besides desiring clean water, having a backflow preventer is a legal requirement in most states. In Nevada, all businesses must have backflow preventers installed. Installing one of these devices can help you avoid unnecessary legal issues.

Additionally, if you do not have a backflow preventer installed at your business and the backflow of contaminated water enters your building, you could be left with costly repairs. The repairs could be due to unwanted objects entering the pipes and causing damage to the pipes themselves or contaminated water entering your premises. Both can be extremely costly. 

Plus, if you have a broken pipe in your business, you may spend days without water while the repair is done. This is an inconvenience and a high price to pay if your company has to shut down for a few days.

Legacy Fire Services works hard to ensure your business follows all legal guidelines regarding backflow prevention. Whether you need to install a backflow preventer, test, or service/repair your backflow preventer, we will provide you with the best service available in the Reno, Sparks, Nevada area. So give us a call today.

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