An important technology in Missoula Plumbing is Backflow Preventer installation. Homeowners should know that their residential water supply is as safe as possible. Do you know if your Missoula property needs backflow preventers to be installed? Let’s take a look at what they do!
What is Backflow and How is it Prevented?
When a home is connected to the city water supply, pressure makes the water flow INTO the house through the pipes from the public water reservoir. Pressure changes can occur, for example, when a fire hydrant is turned on or if a pipe breaks somewhere on the line. Pressure changes in the system can cause water to flow back out of the house through the pipes that brought the water in. This can cause things like fertilizers, soap or even human waste to flow back into the city water supply. This is where backflow preventers come in!
Backflow preventers work to keep water flowing in one direction, and one direction only. This keeps your water clean and uncontaminated as well as everyone else connected to the city water supply.
Does my Missoula property need a Backflow Preventer?
The city of Missoula has specific water restrictions and backflow preventers requirements. You can find out the details here.
If you are buying or building a new home, you will need to ensure installation. Even if your home has a well, it is recommended to have a backflow preventer installed anywhere incoming water could “cross-connect” with wastewater.
Many commercial properties in Missoula need to ensure their water systems have backflow preventers! From irrigation systems to boiler systems, vehicle washing facilities and many more functions must be protected from the possibility of backflow.
Backflow prevention for Missoula Residents and Businesses
If this is a new topic for you, a safe place to get started is having your water system tested by Garden City Plumbing and Heating. Whether you are buying or building a home, make sure to verify your new home will have safe, clean water to use. Lastly, if you suspect your Backflow Preventer needs a repair or replacement, do not hesitate to give us a call!