What is Backflow Testing & Do I Need It?

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What is Backflow Testing & Do I Need It?

Backflow testing is a process of assessing and verifying the functionality of a backflow prevention device installed in a plumbing system. The purpose of backflow prevention devices is to prevent the reverse flow of contaminated water from non-potable sources, such as irrigation systems or industrial processes, into the potable water supply. Backflow testing ensures that the device is operating properly and is effectively preventing the contamination of the water supply.

During this test, a trained and licensed Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric plumber will inspect and test the backflow prevention device by simulating various scenarios that could cause backflow. The technician will assess the device’s ability to prevent the flow of contaminated water back into the potable water supply, ensuring that it meets the necessary regulatory standards. The test typically involves measuring the pressure and flow of the water system and verifying the proper operation of the device’s valves and check assemblies.

It is important to note that it is typically required by law or regulation, and failure to comply can result in fines or penalties. The specific requirements for it vary depending on the location and the type of property or facility. For example, commercial buildings, schools and hospitals may have different requirements than residential properties.

If you are a property owner or manager, it is important to research the requirements in your area and ensure that you are in compliance. Hiring a licensed and experienced technician is recommended to ensure that the test is performed correctly, and the device is functioning properly. It is typically recommended that it be performed annually, although the frequency may vary depending on the specific regulations and the type of property. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has trained plumbers available to successfully complete your backflow testing easily and efficiently.

To schedule your backflow preventer test, call Armstrong today.