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Will a Backflow Preventer Make My Home’s Water Safe?

water going down the sink drainWhen it comes to the water that your family drinks and uses on a daily basis, you want to make sure that the water quality is safe. But what keeps irrigation system water from getting into our water supply? The answer is backflow preventers.


First, let’s talk about backflow. Backflow occurs when non-potable water or other substances reverse into the piping of a public water system or an individual’s potable water system. The non-potable water enters the water system through a cross-connection, which is a temporary or permanent connection between public or consumer water and a source of non-potable water. Backflow can result in contamination of the water in that system, making it unusable and unsafe to drink.


A backflow preventer valve can be used in the plumbing system to reduce the risk of contaminants entering the public or consumer water supply pipes. This device works much like a human heart valve in that it allows water to flow one way and closes when pressure comes back through. The backflow preventer is the first line of defense against backflow, which can allow dangerous chemicals and other contaminants to enter the water that you drink and use within your home.

The bottom line is that backflow preventers can help keep your home’s water safe for you and your family by protecting your water supply from harmful contaminants.

For more information about backflow preventers or other plumbing equipment, contact the experts at Hammond Services today!