If your plumber (or someone else) has recommended that you install a backflow preventer - you may be wondering if you absolutely need one?

What Is A Backflow Preventer?

The purpose of a backflow preventer is to keep your drinking water from getting contaminated due to a backflow.

This preventer device is attached to the water pipes to our home and it works by allowing the water to flow in only one direction but never in the opposite direction.

What Causes Backflow In My Water Pipes?

So, you may be wondering what does cause backflow in water pipes in the first place?

There are a number of reasons.

Pressure changes in your water pipes can cause a backflow A break in the main water supply line When a fire hydrant in your area is opened for use.

If your plumber has recommended the installation of a backflow preventer, it's probably because one of these incidents has occurred.

For your safety, and the safety of your family it's recommended that you follow his/her advice.

The health problems associated with contaminated drinking water can be very dangerous.

If you have any questions about backflow preventers or the issues that are causing a backflow - contact Atlantis Plumbing at 770-443-8229.