Air Gap International has been designing, manufacturing and supplying patented, plumbing code listed Air Gap units to the water treatment industry for over 30 years. Our philosophy has been to provide high performance, easy to install units at a reasonable price. We offer the most diverse line of air gap products (Water Softener, back washable filters, Reverse Osmosis, kidney dialysis and unique dishwasher air gaps [required by UPC code]) as well as connection couplings and drain line fittings.
A Quick Word About Air Gaps
Air gap fittings are plumbing code required to mount in the drain line (waste line) of water treatment equipment and their primary purpose is to prevent non-potable water from flowing backwards possibly mixing and contaminating potable (drinking) water. One could think of the function of an air gap fitting as a no-fail check valve but without an internal seat or any moving parts. Properly designed and installed, air gaps, like check valves, allow water to flow only in the desired direction.
The key characteristics for an air gap is protection from back flow and back siphonage. Back flow occurs when there is a clog or blockage downstream in the drain line which with more water entering causes the nonpotable water to back up fully engulfing the air gap unit or at least reach in the back siphonage critical level (C/L) of the air gap unit. Back siphonage happens when there is suction on the potable water line and air gap inlet that sucks non-potable water port back into the potable (drinking) water line. The ideal air gap would provide protection from back flow and back siphonage.
A true air gap is a physical separation in the drain line that one could pass their hand through. All existing air gap fittings aren’t true air gaps because one cannot pass their hand through the air gap opening but if properly designed and installed, during back siphonage they can function esentially like a true air gap. Don’t be fooled by any misleading advertising that claims an air gap fitting is a “true air gap” or a “true 1¨ air gap”, or “true 2¨ air gap”, etc.
Our ordering terms are simple: Orders are sent out on Net 30 terms when credit has been established. We also accept credit cards. All prices are based on US dollars and are F.O.B. our plant. Different prices and terms may apply outside the United States. We sell our products to a wide range of customer; from small to large water treatment dealers, to contractors, to distributors, to small and very large O.E.M.'s and even to individual homeowners. For more information or technical questions, to discuss a possible product variation, or possibly large volume quotation, please contact the factory using the phone number, fax number or email us.