Spooky Sewage: Why You Need Backflow Prevention

With Halloween around the corner, you may be preparing for spooks, scares and frights. While you may no longer be afraid of ghosts and goblins, there are still reasons to be afraid this fall. This is especially true if your home is not protected from backflow.

 

What is Backflow?

As its name suggests, backflow is an issue where the flow in your pipes moves in the wrong direction. Your home's pipes are designed for one-way usage. Water should flow in but not out. This is possible through pressurization in your pipes. However, certain factors can change the pressure in your pipes. When this happens, the flow can be reversed.

This may not sound like a horror movie yet, but if you have ever survived it as part of your reality, then you know just how terrifying it is. When you experience backflow, your home can be flooded with more than water. There can be fertilizers, soap, pesticides, even human waste! You read that right. When the pressure in your pipes changes, backflow can bring up sewage.

 

Eek! How Do I Avoid Backflow?

This horrifying nightmare is not without a remedy. All you need to do to avoid a sewage surprise is to install backflow prevention. This device is put on your home or business' water pipes to ensure that water can only move in one direction. Not all residences are required to have a backflow system. In many cases, homes that rely on an irrigation system or well must have a backflow preventer due to the risk of contamination with these systems.

Even if it is not required, you may still want one for your home or business. Almost every building is at risk for backflow under the right circumstances. All it takes is a break in the main water line, and your home can be inundated. It can even happen if a fire hydrant is used nearby. The most terrifying aspect is that backflow is unpredictable most of the time.


Because of this, many home and business owners prefer the peace of mind brought by installing backflow prevention. You may not be able to avoid all the scares this Halloween, but by taking preventative measures, you can at least steer clear of this septic nightmare. Contact the plumbing professionals at Western States Home Services online or at (480) 630-3270 today!

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