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Replace or Repair your Backflow?

Replace or Repair that is the Question.

If your company or business experiences a major equipment or system malfunction, you face a difficult dilemma. Should you repair or replace the equipment or system? Both decisions have pros and cons, which means careful consideration is needed before making a decision. Let’s take a closer look at this process when considering to replace or repair a backflow valve or system.

Analyze Repair and Replacement Costs of the Backflow System

Cost is the first consideration when factoring the repair or replace decision. On the surface, replacing a backflow valve/system seems far more expensive than repairing it. However, if the backflow valve requires extensive maintenance, then the repair fees may actually outweigh the replacement fees. Before making a hasty decision to make a backflow repair, one should determine the expected repair costs and compare that to the cost of replacement. Some may be surprised to learn that acquiring a new backflow valve could actually be the least expensive option in the end.

Repair the New Replace the Old

Age also plays an important role in the decision to repair or replace the backflow system. Older backflow valves and equipment require repairs that are more extensive and cost more to maintain. In most cases, routine maintenance and repairs, while certainly very important, can only extend the lifespan for a limited length of time. After a certain point in time, the equipment ceases to function, and repairs do nothing more than accrue expenses. With older systems then, it may be time to consider switching to a newer system. Comparatively, when the backflow valve is relatively new, it may be advisable to pay repair cost since the equipment likely has many years of serviceable life left.

Less Backflow Repairs, More Installations

Reduce, reuse, recycle! Sadly, that slogan is less and less popular as a society that lives in a growing “throwaway culture”. Human throwaway culture has resulted in the exploitation of the world’s natural resources to produce products for people to buy and eventually throw away. Many of these products end up in landfills and even in our oceans. In order to reverse such trends, people must learn to reduce consumption, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. The problem with backflow systems is that they require expertise to repair devices and equipment. Many plumbers who self-proclaim that they repair and replace backflow valves and systems often know how to replace but very rarely know how to repair. There are two reasons for this: first, there are variants in devices and manufacturers and it requires more skill and experience to troubleshoot and repair a backflow valve. Second, there is more profit in replacing and installing a new system.

The Choice is Clear - Markham Backflow

What do you do? How do you know what the best option is for your situation? Repair or replace? As a business owner, you need to pick the right company to help guide and support you. A trustworthy company that will help weigh the pros and cons and determine whether to repair or replace. Markham Backflow specializes in backflow repairs, installs, testing and surveys. We have many years of experience and the know how to help provide the information you need to make the right decision whether to repair or to replace the backflow system. Our team has the expertise to troubleshoot and repair as well as provide recommendations for new installs when required. Call or text us today 416-809-5959.

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