Backflow is one of the more common, and obnoxious, problems that can afflict a home or business. Most buildings are already outfitted to prevent it from happening by default, but that is a double-edged sword. Because protection is so widespread, most homeowners have no idea what backflow is or when to look out for it.

They also tend not to know that their backflow prevention devices need professional attention. That’s why we offer a full range of backflow prevention services throughout Denver, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. If you need backflow prevention services of any kind, call Cooper Heating & Cooling, Inc. We’ll make sure that your home is properly protected from backflow issues.

What is Backflow?

Normally, your home’s plumbing has a balance of pressure between it and other systems connected to it (like your sewer system). The water flows in only one direction, from your plumbing system down through your sewer system and out of your home. Backflow is when a sudden pressure shift in one of these connected systems causes water to flow backward and up into the plumbing system. This can cause a wide range of problems.

Backflow can be divided into two different occurrences: back pressure and back siphonage. Back pressure is when there is higher pressure in the affected system than there is in the plumbing system. So, something must have happened to increase the pressure on the other system. Back siphonage is when the pressure in the plumbing system is suddenly lowered below that of the other systems. Either way, the result is the same: unwanted water and other material being drawn into the plumbing system.

Backflow Prevention

The effects of backflow can vary wildly. It can be as simple as wastewater flowing back up through drains, or as serious as human waste contaminating freshwater systems. Either way, the method for preventing it is the same. Backflow prevention devices are designed to provide an emergency stop against the possibility of backflow.

Therefore, This could be something like an air gap in the system, preventing backflow due to gravity. It could also be a check valve, which closes when it senses a sudden shift in pressure. All of these systems need to be checked at least once a year, to make sure that they’re operating properly.

We Offer Comprehensive Backflow Prevention Services

Whether you need a backflow preventer installed, or just need professional backflow testing to make sure that your home is properly protected, Cooper Heating & Cooling, Inc. is here for you. Backflow is a potentially serious issue, and not one that should ever be ignored. If you’re not sure whether or not your home is properly protected from backflow, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional examine your system.

To sump up, One of our expert plumbers can evaluate your backflow readiness, and recommend the ideal backflow prevention solution for your needs. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers. We provide a full range of backflow prevention services throughout Denver, CO and Colorado Springs, CO.

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