Posted on 8/24/2016


When you are designing a new plumbing system for your home, you will have many different elements to consider. An essential piece of equipment for any properly installed plumbing system is a backflow prevention device. Your backflow device is designed to prevent plumbing problems that are associated with a sudden reversal of water direction. Your plumber can check out your backflow device and make sure that it is working properly. Let’s explore some essential information about backflow devices.

The Dangers of Backflow

Backflow is a situation in which the water in a plumbing system suddenly changes its intended direction of travel. Backflows typically occur when the water pressure in a main sewer line drops unexpectedly. When backflow takes place, a plumbing system’s water supply could become contaminated by bacteria and other harmful pathogens. Backflow can also result in the total failure of a plumbing system.

The Importance of Backflow Devices

In order to protect your home and property from the dangers of backflow, you will want to have a backflow device installed in your plumbing system. The role of a backflow prevention device is to shut off the water supply so that it cannot flow in a backwards direction. A backflow prevention device can save your home from serious property damage.

The Process of Testing a Backflow Device

If you have been relying on the same backflow device for a decade or longer, it may be time to schedule backflow device testing. During your test, your plumber will make sure that your device is working properly. After the test is complete, your plumber may also fill out a form that certifies the proper functionality of your backflow device.

If you have additional questions about backflow device testing, be sure to contact Arrow Plumbing Inc. For the past twenty years, we have provided our residential and commercial clients throughout Libertyville with quality plumbing services. Call us at (847) 984-3258 to learn more about the benefits of working with our plumbing contractors.