Backflow prevention devices are present on many properties, from restaurants and shopping centers to hotels and homes. These devices are designed to prevent contaminated water from flowing back into the clean water supply, so it is easy to understand the importance of these mechanisms functioning correctly. If you have a backflow preventer, you likely have to have it inspected and tested regularly for your building to remain up to code. Neglecting your equipment’s inspections and paperwork can result in steep fines, citations, or worse. Read on to learn about the basics of backflow preventer testing, and don’t forget to make sure your property is up to code by calling Metcalf Plumbing today.
What Does a Backflow Preventer Do?
A backflow preventer is designed to keep used water from toilets, sinks, and sprinkler systems from contaminating the public water supply. This can occur as a result of back-siphonage or back-pressure. Many properties are required to have a backflow preventer to prevent water from being sucked back into the potable water supply when the pressure in the water system changes.
Who Can Perform Backflow Preventer Testing?
Backflow preventer testing should only be performed by experts who are familiar with backflow prevention, plumbing, and sewage systems. A certified testing professional can inspect your backflow preventer and complete all necessary tests to make sure that your system is compliant with municipal codes. These tests often come along with permit and testing paperwork required by your local governing body, and this can be incredibly confusing for the average layperson. A licensed backflow preventer tester will be able to help guide you through the process of testing, repairing, and maintaining your equipment so that it remains safe and up to code.
When Should I Hire a Plumbing Professional?
If you are not sure when your system was last evaluated, you should get in touch with a licensed plumbing professional immediately. Being proactive about backflow preventer maintenance is vital. Many jurisdictions require annual testing of backflow systems, and the penalties for noncompliance can be severe. Additionally, noncompliant backflow preventers can cause public health issues. Metcalf Plumbing’s experts have the knowledge and experience to inspect and maintain your backflow preventer system to make sure that your property is compliant and safe. Give us a call today!
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Metcalf Plumbing is a customer-focused plumbing contractor serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Catonsville, Ellicott City and surrounding areas. From water heater installation, sump pump installation and repair to water and sewer line replacement, Metcalf Plumbing is a trusted resource to call on when you need help with your plumbing services. We are not commission-based and we provide honest, upfront costs with a thorough inspection of your system and suggested next steps. Our trained and courteous technicians are standing by to provide quality comfort at competitive prices. You can call us at 410-242-311 and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!