Backflow Prevention in Santa Fe, NM
Backflow in plumbing is a dangerous thing. You may not know much about it, but that’s only because backflow prevention has been so effective for decades. If a change in pressure were to reverse the flow of water and possibly wastewater or chemicals through the pipes, it could become a public health risk. Thankfully, backflow prevention is carefully regulated, so this is not something most people have to worry about.
If you own a property, however, you are responsible for maintaining any backflow prevention devices. And that means calling in certified plumbers each year to perform a thorough inspection. The right plumbers for the job are at Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain. Give us a call to schedule a plumber in Santa Fe, NM and the surrounding area.
How Backflow Prevention Works
A backflow prevention device is essentially a series of valves that will only allow water to move in a single direction. When something causes the pressure to reverse (as we’ll go over a bit later), the valves trap the water instead. Smaller backflow preventers work within showerheads and appliances, but these don’t require regular inspections as a large backflow prevention assembly outside of a business does.
What Causes Backflow
Backflow is defined as the undesirable flow of water and other materials in the wrong direction through the pipe. The two ways this could happen are with back–siphonage and backpressure. Let’s say you had a hose sitting in a bucket of soapy water. If a firefighter needed to access a nearby fire hydrant, it could create back–siphonage, sucking up that water and soap and moving it back through the pipes into the water supply.
Now, let’s say you had a boiler that used chemicals in the feed water. If the pressure in the boiler exceeded the water pressure, it could send that boiler feedwater back through the pipes and into the public supply. This kind of backpressure, along with any sort of backflow that involves chemicals, fertilizers, or contaminants, could become dangerous.
Maintaining a Backflow Preventer
If you have a backflow prevention device on your property, you can expect to schedule backflow testing about once a year. Many municipalities actually require this, as a broken valve could be quite dangerous. A plumber will show up to your property, assess the device, and determine whether anything is in need of repair or replacement. It’s important to call a plumber with experience and the proper licensing to do the work.
Backflow Testing and Installation in Santa Fe
Call our team for residential or commercial backflow prevention device installation, replacement, repair, or maintenance in Santa Fe, NM. We have the right credentials for the job, whether you need a brand new system for a brand new property or have an old backflow preventer that’s behind in maintenance. As always, we treat your property respectfully, we show up to the job on time, and we make sure to have everything ready so we can start right away.
Our plumbers are known for their professionalism, cleanliness, and courteousness. Get in touch with our team today to get your backflow preventers in good working order or to schedule backflow testing.