A vacuum relief valve, or vacuum breaker, has become a growing need for private well owners using water treatment systems. These valves provide protection from an unsuspected occurrence during routine maintenance or unexpected service. Learn more about vacuums and how to protect water softeners, filters, and storage tanks from a vacuum event.
In well water applications a vacuum can be experienced in different situations, such as:
- Shutdown - if the well is turned off and a demand for water occurs, water can be drawn out of the plumbing and tank and result in negative pressure. More often this occurs when there is an unexpected shutdown, such as a power outage or component failure.
- Failure - if a component of the well like the check valve fails, water can be drained backwards through the plumbing and create a siphoning effect on the tank.
- Elevation - if the well is at a higher elevation and the plumbing is drained at lower elevation, negative pressure can be created within the tank.
- Pumps - if a well booster pump is used after the tank and there is a loss of feed water, the booster pump will siphon water from the tank and create negative pressure.
If there is a potential for a vacuum to occur on your well, a vacuum breaker is an important optional feature to consider. RainDance Water Systems is now including a FREE vacuum breaker with specified residential and commercial well water filters & softeners.