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What is backflow prevention and does your home need it?

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Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow in a potable water distribution through a cross-connection. These cross-connections link contaminated or polluted water with the water supply of a residence or building, which means that backflow could enable liquids, glass, bacteria and other undesirable sources to enter your water system.

There are a number of situations that could lead to backflow, but it is generally linked to low pressure in the water system or high pressure on the customer’s side. With backflow prevention, a device is assembled between your water system and the public water system so that contaminated water can’t enter the water that you use.

In certain areas across the countries, businesses are required to invest in backflow prevention. These businesses are typically laboratories, medical facilities, processing plants and manufacturing establishments. Residential buildings are usually exempt from these rules, but it doesn’t mean that your home won’t ever be affected by backflow issues.

To determine whether it’s in your best interest to invest in backflow prevention or not, it is advised that you hire an experienced plumber to inspect the cross-connections that exist between your home and the public water system.

If you need a plumbing service in the Chicago or want more information, do not hesitate to contact Almighty Rooter Sewer & Plumbing at 773-992-1587 today. We will assess your gas line, repair your plumbing and clean your sewer and even provide a free camera inspection of your sewer valued at $250, just to make sure that everything is in working order. Financing available.

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