Installing a Vacuum Breaker

Time to talk about a couple more of our TISH items that the City of Minneapolis is requiring us to address:
Remember these two items?

5. Plumbing Fixtures – No backflow device installed at laundry tub.
7. Exterior Pluming Backflow Prevention – missing backflow preventers on exterior faucets.

The City of Minneapolis requires a backflow preventer or vacuum breaker be installed at a few locations throughout the property. In our case, the City is requiring them on both the exterior sillcocks and the laundry tub in the basement.

These devices are a snap to install. I picked up three of them at the big box store for about $12, and it took all of 10 minutes to install them. Here’s some installation instructions in 3 easy steps:

1. Take a photo of your faucet before you begin so you can blog about it.

2. Thread the vacuum breaker onto the faucet.

3. Grab that little silver bolt head and turn it until it snaps off. You won't have to turn very hard.

I did the same thing a couple times on the outside of my house twice and I was done.

Same thing on the outside of the house.

A caveat, however: Some local inspectors aren’t big fans of these cheap vacuum breakers and recommend using a different kind of device. But for me and my house (and my budget), I’m pretty happy with the cheap option.

Ok, here’s how our list of TISH items is coming so far:

1. Sump Pumps – Sump Pump lacks a secure cover.
2. Smoke Detectors/CO Detectors – Improperly located smoke detector in the basement.
3. Electrical Service Installation – Missing house side grounding clamp at water meter.
4. Water Supply Piping – Corrosion noted on water piping in areas.
5. Plumbing Fixtures – No backflow device installed at laundry tub.
6. Plumbing Fixtures – Improper air gap on toilet ballcock.
7. Exterior Pluming Backflow Prevention – missing backflow preventers on exterior faucets.
8. Electric Service Installation – Electric panel located in bathroom.
9. Electrical Outlets/Fixtures – Power mast is loose.

We only have six more days before our follow-up TISH inspection. Think we’ll make it?

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