Depending on where you were living in Ottawa this past spring, your home may have been one of many that were at risk for flooding or actually did flood. Our Nation’s Capital took quite a beating! Regardless of location however, in a region such as ours that is subject to heavy rain, storms and flash floods all homeowners should assess what type of backflow prevention needs their home may require. Beyond any expense of water damage, it’s a true matter of health.
Water should only ever flow in one direction into your home and never in the other direction. When excess water causes a pressure shift in your pipe, water can start to move backwards and flow into your main water supply. That poses the health risk of your drinking water being contaminated.
Job of a Backflow
The literal job of a backflow is to prevent any contaminated sewer water into your drinking water supply. It functions like a gate that only allows clean water from your public system to flow into your home, but stops any waste water to flow backwards. Some newer homes have a backflow preventer in place already but again, regardless of neighborhood everyone should ensure their homes can weather a bad storm. Flooding in any of your neighbors basements over the past few years should serve as a warning sign; installing a backflow preventer sooner than later can save you so much down the road.
John the Plumber Ottawa takes your health seriously and considers your clean water supply a high priority. We advise that you check with your city and then give us a call to book a plumber for an estimate or installation of a backflow prevention valve. You’ll be happy you did!
TIP: Backflow PREVENTOR VS. Backflow VALVE: The valve is the same concept except it is built onto your sewer line. Check out our Blog entitled “So what is a backwater valve and do I need one?”, it’s all explained there!
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