Commercial buildings are required to perform backflow testing once a year. Many residential neighborhood associations and municipalities also require backflow testing from homeowners.
This testing is required to protect the municipal water supply from contamination by private greywater.
The connection between the municipal water supply and private buildings must be designed and tested to prevent backflow. You can also experience backflow within your own home due to poor plumbing design or wearing parts. This could lead to you drinking, bathing, or swimming in dirty water without even knowing it.
Backflow testing must be performed by a certified plumber. The plumber turns certain valves on and off and tests for leaks. After testing has been completed, your plumber will fill out a form that you can file with your local government office. The process takes about 30 minutes, so it’s easy to fit into your busy business days.
The water will be shut off during testing. If you share a water line with a fire hydrant, your plumber may have to notify the city before turning off the water and conducting the test. You will need to inform your employees and customers of the water shut-off and plan the timing to coordinate with your off-peak business hours.
Everyone wants a quick and painless passing test, but sometimes problems are found. Your water may have to stay shut off for a longer period while repairs are made. If problems are found, we will provide you with the fastest and most economical repairs possible. These repairs are vital for your health and safety. Without proper testing, repair, and maintenance of your backflow prevention devices, you could be exposed to water-born health pathogens.