Don’t forget the Backflow Prevention Device!

by stevensplumbingac on December 27, 2012

Did you know? …

if you have a sprinkler system installed at your home, you’ll also need to install a backflow prevention device, or pressure vacuum breaker (PVB).

pressure regulating valve PRV at a Phoenix home

A pressure vacuum breaker (PVB)

is a type of backflow prevention device which is installed on potable (drinking) water lines to protect against non-potable (or contaminated) water entering the potable water supply due to back siphonage and/or back-pressure.

Questions? Give us a call! (602) 273-7473

Backflow prevention devices such as PVBs are a health and safety standard regulated by the Uniform Plumbing Code.

Most homes, especially newer homes, have backflow prevention devices.

A note of caution in these “cold” winter weeks here in the Phoenix area:  Pressure vacuum breakers must be protected from freezing when installed outdoors.

Your PVB has plastic parts that will split/crack in freezing temperatures. Be sure to cover your PVB when temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing.

Zach installed this backflow prevention device at a home in Phoenix recently when the homeowners decided to install a new sprinkler system.  The water service riser was replaced at the same time.  Nice work, Zach!

Questions? Give us a call!  An experienced plumber is always available during business hours to answer your questions.

Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning
(602) 273-7473

 

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