Backflow Prevention &
Services in Sacramento

Backflow

For some jobs, it’s enough to know that you can call a plumber for a speedy repair and installation. But not all plumbers come with the same qualifications and experience; one area where this is most apparent is backflow prevention. This specialized plumbing service is just one of the many reasons Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning stands out when you’re looking for plumbing service in the greater Sacramento area.

What is Backflow?

Wastewater should only go one way: out. When that flow reverses, the result, called backflow, can cause wastewater to cross-contaminate potable water or in extreme cases even cause wastewater to back up into your home. So a backflow preventer is used to prevent contamination in certain types of plumbing, like showers, sprinklers, irrigation systems, and even home cooling installations.

Why Does Backflow Prevention Matter?

A 2003 study from the University of Southern California Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USC-FCCCHR) determined the degree of protection against backflow that is present in today’s homes. What they found was frankly alarming:

  • 9.6% of the homes surveyed had direct health hazard cross-connections
  • 73% of the home’s water uses were unprotected cross-connections
  • 95.7% of the homes had either a direct or indirect cross-connection to a health hazard
  • 91% of the homes had unprotected hose bibs
  • 43.6% of the homes had heating/cooling system health hazard cross-connections

If they’re not identified and corrected, those poor connections can damage your health and property alike.

Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Installation

State law and local building codes require backflow measures for homes and commercial properties. But backflow devices require proper installation by certified technicians to install, test, repair, and certify backflow devices. Even when properly installed, a backflow valve is still like any other plumbing component; it’s subject to wear with time and use, and therefore, it will need periodic maintenance, repair, and even replacement.

Do You Need Backflow Repairs?

There are three key signs that warn home and business owners that they may have a backflow problem.

Strange Smells

Sewer and septic systems are designed to vent outside the building. But when gases and wastewater aren’t able to follow their intended route, they’ll take the path of least resistance; the result is a smell of sewage indoors.

Unusual Drainage Patterns

If your drains begin acting up, you may just need drain clearing and cleaning. But if you notice bubbling when you flush the toilet or when a drain is in use, backflow is a potential cause. So are clogs in drains that aren’t often used or when several drains clog simultaneously.

Water Quality Issues

Water quality can be degraded by any number of causes, including pipe wear or an issue with a supply line. But because cloudy or discolored water can be caused by a backflow problem, it’s always best to call a qualified plumbing professional to be on the safe side.

Why Call Ace Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for Backflow Services?

We’ve already discussed the importance of certified backflow prevention repair. Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning technicians are fully certified for testing, repairing, and replacing backflow prevention devices in commercial and residential environments. So to ensure the job is done right, call us today!

Backflow Prevention and
Cross Connection Control Installation

Ace’s plumbers can install backflow preventers and cross-connection control systems for residential and commercial systems. Household plumbing can also require backflow prevention, this will protect your family from backflow from toilets, laundry sinks, outdoor faucets, lawn irrigation, and even heating and air conditioning systems.
A 2003 study from the University of Southern California Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USC-FCCCHR) determined the degree of protection against backflow that is present in today’s homes.

  • 9.6% of the homes surveyed had direct health hazard cross-connections

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  • 73% of the homes water uses were unprotected cross-connections

    This is an Feature List Item that is part of an Feature List. Notice the connector between the three graphics to show that they are related.

  • 95.7% of the homes had either a direct or indirect cross-connection to a health hazard

    This is an Feature List Item that is part of an Feature List. Notice the connector between the three graphics to show that they are related.

  • 91% of the homes had unprotected hose bibs

    This is an Feature List Item that is part of an Feature List. Notice the connector between the three graphics to show that they are related.

  • 43.6% of the homes had heating/cooling system health hazard cross-connections

    This is an Feature List Item that is part of an Feature List. Notice the connector between the three graphics to show that they are related.

Protect your family with a certified backflow prevention system from Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.

Certified Backflow Prevention Repair

Ace’s technicians are certified for testing, repair and replacement of backflow prevention devices for both commercial and residential environments. Contact Ace Plumbing for 24-hour emergency service.

Service Areas

We provide backflow prevention services in Sacramento, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Davis, Woodland, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Elk Grove, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, Mather, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, West Sacramento and all the communities between. Call Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air for an estimate or plumber dispatch.

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