September 20, 2023
By Mark Paup

Understanding the Importance of Backflow Devices

Updated January 18, 2024


Have you ever wondered why you might need a backflow device? It might sound not easy, but we’re here to explain it. In this article, we’ll demystify backflow prevention and its significance.

What Is Backflow?

You know those sprinklers in your yard that keep your lawn looking lush and green? When you turn on your faucet, water flows out and goes down the drain, right? It can’t flow back up, ensuring everything stays clean and safe. But those sprinklers work a bit differently.

Backflow Preventers:

Enter the hero of our story – the backflow preventer. Think of it as a one-way valve constantly checking to ensure water flows in the right direction. When a sudden pressure change could cause water to flow incorrectly, this little device stops it.

Installation and Function:

Backflow preventers are installed up high, usually where your irrigation system connects to your main water line. They require clean air to function correctly and prevent pipe vacuum conditions. When water tries to flow backward due to a sudden change in pressure, the preventer opens up, releasing the pressure. This is crucial because the preventer ensures that nothing gets damaged or contaminated if your irrigation lines are closed off (as they should be when you’re not watering).


However, it’s important to note that these preventers can wear out over time. Additionally, freezing weather can be harsh on them, especially if they’re not correctly insulated. But don’t fret! If your preventer isn’t working or has a leak, you can count on the local plumbing experts at Golden Rule to fix it for you.


In conclusion, backflow prevention doesn’t have to be a mystery. It’s a vital part of keeping your water supply safe. Remember, Golden Rule Backflow Service is here to help. Call us today to ensure your backflow preventer is in top-notch condition and your water remains clean and secure. Thanks for reading!

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