Why Backflow Prevention Matters: Understanding Backflow

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Water is essential for our daily lives, but when it flows in the wrong direction, it can lead to serious health risks and plumbing emergencies.

Understanding Backflow:

Backflow occurs when the flow of water in your plumbing system reverses direction, allowing contaminated water to enter the clean water supply.  The places on a property where backflow can occur are handheld shower heads, lawn irrigation (such as sprinklers), radiators, and boilers. Water from any of these appliances can potentially flow backward in the plumbing because of pressure changes. This places stale water from the common system in the fresh drinking water.

Why Backflow Prevention Matters:

·         Protect Your Health: Backflow can introduce harmful contaminants, such as bacteria and chemicals, into your drinking water, posing health risks. 

·         Compliance with Regulations: Many municipalities require backflow prevention devices to be installed to protect the public water supply. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and penalties.

·         Prevent Plumbing Emergencies: By installing backflow prevention devices, you can prevent costly plumbing emergencies and avoid disruptions to your water supply.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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