Happy Autumn. Its been few weeks since our last blog. We have had a charity event in Land O Lakes, Florida which we raised $1500.00 for various charities at a rib cook off. So this took a bit of time. So back to the routine. I wanted to blog this week about an inspection that should share some light on things. Anti-siphon valves. What are they and what is the purpose. So lets begin.
An Anti-Siphon valve is a valve that connects to the end of your hose bibs. (Exterior water faucet for garden hose.) Anti-siphon valves can be as simple as a spring-loaded one-way valve which opens when water pressure is applied to it in one direction, but closes and seals when water pressure is applied from the other direction. Now there are many types and manufactures for different purposes of this device. For example automobiles have them now to prevent gasoline theft.
Now the main purpose to installing the anti-siphon valve prevents the water currently resting in the sprinkler systems pipes from being siphoned back into the home where it could be emitted from a faucet and consumed. Alot of home owners will have one maybe on the hose bib they use to wash the car. But that far side of the house that the hose bib isn’t used may not. This is probably near the pool equipment or rear deck. So here is a thought. What if you are watering flowers and place the hose in soapy water bucket you are using to wipe down the furniture. The water in the bucket is now entering the home’s water supply. Lastly, we usually see near the well pump that the hose bib near there does not have one. We always report that as a deficiency.
This part of our home inspection is for the plumbing section. We always list this as a deficiency and a safety issue. So for more information, please contact us anytime at 352-322-2700 or visit us on the web: http://www.emeraldinspectionservice.com.