We live in Bergen Country, NJ, where plumbing has to face a host of problems created by heavy rains and similar issues beyond the average homeowner’s control. And unfortunately, in some cases, that means dealing with backflow. Thankfully, there’s a solution: the installation of a backflow prevention device in your plumbing system by a trained professional. With it, the serious problem of backflow is contained, and both your family and household can rest easy. How do backflow prevention devices help you? We’ve provided a quick primer below.


Pipes aren’t designed to be one-way devices, no matter how much we’d like them to be. That means that unclean water from the sewer system can conceivably flow back up your pipes and into your sink or shower. That’s a big problem, since it often contains human waste and other toxins that can cause a serious health risk for your family. Backflow can be caused by many things, but most often when the pressure in the civic sewer system is greater than the pressure in your home. That means it’s largely out of your control, created by anything from a flash flood to local fire department usage.


Luckily, there’s a solution you can control. Backflow prevention devices are angled valves placed at the apex of your plumbing system, where the household pipes connect to the outflowing sewer pipe. Waste water coming out of your pipes passes through the valve with ease, but if backflow occurs somewhere in the sewer, it snaps closed: preventing the influx of water and keeping your house and family free of contamination. Backflow prevention devices should be installed by a professional, but otherwise are simple and effective protection for your home.

Call the experts at Butter Plumbing to install a backflow prevention device!

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