Tips To Prepare Your Backflow Preventer for Cold Weather

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Winterizing your plumbing equipment is essential to ensure better protection and longevity. Additionally, taking precautions before the winter season reduces the likelihood of your parts suffering damage from seasonal elements. However, one component demands specific attention when tending to your plumbing system—the backflow prevention device! For your convenience, here are tips to prepare your backflow preventer for cold weather.

Identifying Your Backflow Device

Before winterizing your backflow preventer, you need understand what type of backflow preventer you are working with. There are many different types of backflow equipment. If you have a residential irrigation system, your backflow preventer is probably small, located outside and could be above ground or in ground. If you manage a building, you may have several backflow preventers, located indoors or outside, above ground or underground. You may have a DC or RP backflow and there are different methods to draining these during the winter. The easiest way to determine the assembly of your backflow device is by contacting the manufacturer or distributor for additional information.

Insulating Exposed or Vulnerable Components

Insulation is vital to preventing water from freezing and equipment ruptures, whether you're shutting down your plumbing system or adding more protection for the winter season. What exact parts require additional lining in colder environments? Any exposed or vulnerable component must feature suitable insulation. You can find bags that cover smaller backflows or enclosures that house large backflows. Backflows can be protected from the cold with materials such as mineral and glass wool, aerogel, and rigid foams.

Conducting Repairs ASAP

During the winterizing process, you may notice that your backflow preventer or related plumbing components are damaged or exhibit signs of malfunction, mainly leakage or water pressure fluctuation. In this situation, it's crucial to address these issues as soon as possible. Immediately call a certified backflow professional to conduct maintenance on damaged parts to reduce the impact of the problem. Consequently, this saves you time and money spent on more severe complications, such as ruptures or a total system failure.

Repeating These Steps Regularly

Did you know proper backflow preventer winterization is an ongoing process? If you use your system through the winter months, you must regularly conduct these steps to ensure appropriate functionality and reduce the chances of damage. For instance, it's highly recommended that you clean and maintain your relief valve and replace compromised insulation as needed.

Follow these tips to prepare your backflow preventer for cold weather and avoid spending money and time on preventable repair services. If you do require replacement parts or additional assistance, contact a reputable backflow company immediately. Our expert team at Backflow Direct is eager to help you find the perfect plumbing products and resources!