Backflow Preventers

Backflow prevention protects potable water systems from potential hazards. There are over 10,000 reported cases of backflow contamination each year. Backflow devices are required by law where needed and must be installed in accordance with plumbing or building codes. This category offers many different types and models of backflow prevention parts.

Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ) Assemblies

Watts Reduced Pressure Zone Assemblies. These include the Watts 009 RPZ's and Watts

Vacuum Breakers

This category features many different types of vacuum breakers that may be used for b

Dual Checks

This category includes various types of dual checks that can be used for backflow pre

Double Check Valve Assemblies

This category includes many different sizes and models of double check valve assembli

Double Check Detector Assemblies

Watts Double Check Detector Assemblies. These include the Watts 007 DCDA's and Watts

Reduced Pressure Detector Assemblies

Watts Reduced Pressure Detector Assemblies. These include many different models and

Backflow Prevention Test Kits

Watts Backflow Prevention Test Kits. These include the Watts 99A, Watts 99D, and Watt

Test Cocks

A typical backflow assembly has test cocks and shut-off valves and must be tested eac

Backwater Valves

This category contains backwater valves which prevent sewage in an overloaded main se

More About Backflow Preventers

Backflow prevention protects potable water systems from potential hazards. There are over 10,000 reported cases of backflow contamination each year. Backflow devices are required by law and must be installed in accordance with plumbing or building codes. There are many different types of backflow preventers used in various applications.

Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ) Assemblies
A Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly (RPZ) contains two independently acting spring loaded check valves separated by a spring loaded differential pressure relief valve, two shutoff valves, and four test cocks.

During normal operation the pressure between the two check valves, referred to as the zone of reduced pressure, is maintained at a lower pressure than the supply pressure. If either check valve should leak, the relief valve is designed to open and discharge water to the outside. An RPZ will periodically discharge small amounts of water due to fluctuation in line pressure up or downstream of the assembly. For this reason the RPZ should be installed in areas that are not subject to water damage and allow adequate drainage.

Vacuum Breakers
A vacuum breaker is an accessory placed on a faucet valve, toilet, or flush valve that prevents the reverse flow of polluted water from entering into the potable water supply due to back-siphonage. Atmospheric Vacuum Breakers (AVB's) are among the simplest and least expensive mechanical types of backflow prevention assemblies available.

Dual Checks
A check valve ensures that water only flows in a single direction of a plumbing system. This prevents contaminated water from flowing back into the system once it has been used. A dual check valve contains two independently acting, spring-loaded check valves. Dual check valves are most often used in connection with city water supplies, sewer systems, and water service connections to single-family homes.

Double Check Valve Assemblies
The Double Check Valve Assembly (DCVA) is essentially two single check valves assembled within one body and furnished with four test cocks and two shut-off valves. A DCVA is commonly used to protect against low to medium hazard installations such as food processing equipment or lawn sprinkler systems.

Double Check Detector Assemblies
A Double Check Detector Assembly (DCDA) is primarily utilized in fire line installations. Its purpose is to protect the potable water supply line from possible contamination or pollution from a fire system, back-pressure from fire line booster pumps, stagnant "black water" that sits in fire lines over extended periods of time, the addition of non-potable water through outside fire district connections (FDCs), and the detection of any water use in the fire line due to fire line leakage or deliberate water theft. It consists of two spring loaded check valves, a by-pass assembly with water meter and double check valve, and two tightly closing OS & Y gate valves.

Reduced Pressure Detector Assemblies
The Reduced Pressure Detector Assembly (RPDA) is typically only used on fire line applications. However, this assembly is intended to protect the potable water supply from fire sprinkler systems that contain chemical additives or can be connected to an auxiliary non-potable water source. An RPDA contains a mainline reduced pressure backflow assembly equipped with OS&Y gate valves, a bypass configuration containing a smaller reduced pressure backflow assembly and a water meter. This meter detects ground leaks and unauthorized illegal taps which can greatly reduce annual water expenses.

Test Cocks
Test cocks are used to facilitate backflow assembly testing. They may also be utilized as isolation valves for gauges or small equipment lines. A typical backflow assembly has test cocks, shut-off valves, and must be tested each year.

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