Backwater vs Backflow Prevention Devices: What's the Difference?

Flooding has made the headlines of just about every major news outlet over the past month. From the devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi to the remnants of Hurricane Hermine in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, floods can leave destruction in their path. And coastal areas aren’t the only places in danger. Rising waters can cause severe damage even in the mountains and foothills. That means the areas we serve in Georgia and Tennessee are not immune to flooding. But do backflow prevention devices play a role in flood damage prevention?

Backflow prevention devices are exclusively used for water from a known source. This includes potable water from wells or a municipal water supply.

But flood waters are different. They can cause backup from storm drains and sewer lines. This contaminated water is known as backwater. Although backflow and backwater prevention work off the same principles, they are two totally different things. As a professional backflow testing and repair company, we can advise you on the exact type of devices or valves you need to protect both your water supply and property.

Here at Backflow Devices Testing & Repair Co., we’re available to help you determine the best course of action for your particular needs. Our experienced team will help you make sure you’re prepared for any type of water-related incident. We install all types of backflow prevention and backwater devices. We also offer comprehensive backflow device testing to make sure your devices are working properly and site surveys so that you have the right protection where you need it. Contact us today to learn more about our services for residential and commercial customers in the Metro Chattanooga areas including Cleveland and Jasper, TN and Dalton and Lafayette, GA.