Backflow Prevention

You expect the water used for your business to be safe. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a backflow prevention system installed, that might not always be the case. Municipal standards dictate that businesses need to have some form of backflow prevention in place to prevent dangerous contaminants from leaching into your water supply.

If you’ve experienced backflow in your business or have been advised to look into backflow prevention by an inspector, contact Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We’re the authority on backflow and can help you prevent contamination to your water supply.

What is Backflow?

Backflow occurs when there’s a change in pressure in the water supply, which can create a vacuum that pulls water from non-potable sources into the potable water supply. The most common example is from irrigation systems—water pooling around a sprinkler head may be pulled back into the water supply, bringing pesticides and fertilizers with it.

What is a Backflow Preventer?

Backflow preventers are installed between potable water supplies, to prevent water from changing direction and flowing back into the main supply. They use a series of check valves and releases to keep water flowing in one direction. If pressure is lost and water is pulled back through a backflow preventer, it activates a relief valve, which will dump water before it gets back to the main supply. The backflow preventer also introduces oxygen back into the supply, breaking the vacuum.

Installation and Service for Backflows

Backflows need to be checked and serviced regularly. If you have an old backflow system that needs replacing or don’t have one for your business, contact Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today at 814-944-3128. We’ll make sure your potable water is protected and that you’re in compliance with municipal water and plumbing standards.

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