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Backflow Prevention Services in Birmingham, AL

Have you ever been taking a shower, or washing your hands, and found disgusting water bubbling up from your drain? That’s called backflow and it is a pretty serious plumbing problem that plagues homes across the country. Homes that are susceptible to backflow can expect to have it happen at least a few times a year, with all the resulting cleanup and other headaches that come with it. Fortunately, there is a solution. Western Sales & Services, Inc. offers a full range of backflow prevention services throughout Birmingham, AL. If you need a backflow prevention device installed, maintained, or replaced, just call us today and we’ll help you out.


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Why You Should Install a Backflow Prevention Device

Backflow is what happens when there is a sudden pressure disruption between your home’s plumbing system and the municipal sewer system. When this happens, contaminated water can be sucked back up into the home and out of the drains. Aside from being just generally gross, this also tends to contaminate the pipes in your home. The pipes should not be used until they are thoroughly cleaned out, which takes time and money. The easy way to prevent all of this is to install a backflow prevention device.

A backflow prevention device is a device that is designed to protect your home from backflow. The methods used to do this differ between the device types. Some introduce a gap in the line, which allows water to "fall" into the sewer line from the plumbing system but not vice versa. The most common type, however, is a simple one–way valve. When everything is operating normally, the valve stays open and water is allowed to move freely through it. When there is a sudden pressure change, the valve snaps shut to prevent the backflow from making it into the home.

Keep Your Backflow Prevention Device Functioning Properly with Regular Maintenance

Most people actually already have backflow devices installed in their homes; it’s a common feature in newly constructed houses. This isn’t a file–it and–forget–it solution, though. Backflow devices are just as capable of developing problems as any other system, which means that it might fail you when you need it the most. You don’t want to find out that your backflow prevention device doesn’t work after your house has been the victim of backflow. For this reason, you should make sure to schedule backflow maintenance services at least once a year. This will allow your technician to examine your device and make sure that it’s functioning properly.

We Offer Backflow Prevention Repairs in Birmingham and the Surrounding Area

If you do have reason to suspect an issue with your backflow device, even if it’s nothing obvious, it’s better to call for repairs and be certain than it is to just wait for confirmation that something is wrong. As mentioned above, you really don’t want to find out that your backflow device definitely isn’t working after you’ve suffered from a backflow incident. Western Sales & Services, Inc. provides comprehensive backflow prevention device services throughout Birmingham, AL. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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