This page will teach you everything you need to know about Backflow Covers and why they're the ultimate protection for keeping backflow devices safe.
Yes! In a growing number of jurisdictions, it’s not just recommended, it’s required by law.
Your backflow preventer should be covered all year long, but definitely insulated and heated, protecting from freeze in the winter.
You should have a backflow enclosure for the following reasons:
Compliance: Many municipalities require the installation of backflow preventer enclosures to comply with local codes and regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, legal liability and risk to public health.
Protection: A backflow enclosure protects backflow prevention assemblies from physical damage, vandalism, theft and exposure to the elements. It ensures that the equipment functions properly, maintaining water supply safety.
Convenience: Backflow enclosures provide convenient access for maintenance, inspection and testing of backflow preventer devices. They also make it easier to locate and identify the assemblies in case of emergency or repair.
Durability: Backflow enclosures are typically made of sturdy materials such as steel or aluminum and are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, wear and tear, and tampering. They are built to last for many years and require minimal maintenance. A rugged aluminum enclosure is as important an investment as it is in your backflow prevention equipment itself.
Using a backflow enclosure is a practical and necessary solution to protect the water supply, comply with regulations, ensure convenience and durability, and enhance the aesthetics of the property.
Back pressure valves are sometimes confused with backflow preventers. Backflow preventers are designed to prevent the 2 types of backflow in a plumbing or waterworks system, back-siphonage and back-pressure. Usually when someone refers specifically to a "back pressure valve", they are referring to the pump or industrial industry.
Fake rocks are decorative plastic, while bags provide inadequate protection from freezing and theft. We’re biased, of course, but objectively speaking, there just aren’t any good reasons to settle for fake rocks or a easily-destroyed bag.
Regardless of where you are in the US, you can’t assume freezing temperatures won’t reach you. We recommend having a slab-mounted heater anywhere ready to go to protect your backflow equipment if and when a winter blast comes your way.
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