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Sanitary Benefits Of Installing Backflow Preventers

Added: (Sat May 13 2017)

Pressbox (Press Release) - It might not be that often that people drink directly from water taps, but having clean and drinkable water accessible at any time is an engineering marvel. Although most of us take potable water for granted, ensuring the cleanliness of water is an important part in an establishment’s piping system. Most homes and communities nowadays make use of backflow prevention devices to control the direction of the flow of water. In a nutshell, a backflow preventer blocks water from flowing back into the main source. This will stop the main pipeline from becoming contaminated. The term “backflow” is the reversal of water i.e. clean water or sewage, thus contaminating other pipelines. There are a number of factors that contribute to the reversal of the flow of water. Here are some of the instances that causes backflow:

• Failure at some area of the piping system.
• Plumbing lines experience a number of siphon effects.
• Problems with the electrical supply, which correlates to the flow of water.
• Too much water consumption from a building or household.
• Pipelines that deliver clean water and sewage experiences pressure changes.
• The septic tank overflows due to the lack of cleaning or the addition of excess water.
• The pipelines are clogged.

Homeowners should also be aware of the different variations of backflow. Basically, there are just two: namely backsiphonage and backpressure. Backsiphonage is often caused by negative pressure within the piping system. Here are some factors that contribute to backsiphonage:


• Increased velocity of water inside the pipelines.
• A repair or break in the line that is situated lower than the nearest service point.
• Lowered pressure in the main supply line due to high water usage.

Backpressure, on the other hand, is triggered when a potable system is connected to a non-potable system that is running on a higher pressure. In most cases, this happens with unprotected connections i.e. potable system to a pump or boiler.

Fortunately for homes and business establishments, a number of backflow prevention systems can be used. Basically, these devices ensure that the pressure within the pipelines are consistent. A number of systems can also be chosen from including pressure devices, vacuum breakers, hose connection vacuum breakers, and atmospheric vacuum breakers.

However, unlike common plumbing problems like leaking pipes, the installation of backflow prevention devices won’t be for the simple homeowner. Only a licensed and trained professional can do the installation and maintenance on these devices.Always keep in mind the safety of the people in the building or household. The risks associated with backflow can be debilitating, which makes prevention devices a necessary addition for water piping systems.

For more information regarding backflow prevention systems, you may visit AJB Plumbing at http://www.ajbplumbing.com.au/services/backflow-prevention-service-and-installation/ and get in touch with the experts.

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