If you own a business or have a home with an outdoor sprinkler system, you likely have a backflow preventer. These devices are present on a wide range of properties, but they all serve the same purpose: keeping contaminated water from being siphoned back into the clean water supply. As you might have guessed, a functioning backflow preventer is a crucial piece of equipment for public health and safety. Because of this, many jurisdictions require routine backflow preventer testing and inspection. Here are some of the things you can expect during backflow preventer testing if your property has a backflow preventer.
Backflow Preventer Testing: When is it Necessary?
The frequency with which you need to have your backflow preventer tested depends on the county in which your property is located. It also depends on the type of property and backflow prevention device you have. There are a few different types of devices used in both residential and commercial applications, though every system contains some kind of physical barrier to backflow. Many systems must be checked annually. Consult the team at Metcalf Plumbing to determine whether or not you need backflow preventer testing.
How Backflow Preventer Testing Works
While the specific steps involved can vary depending on the type of device being used, backflow preventer testing generally seeks to ensure that contaminants cannot reach the clean water supply. To that end, a certified testing professional will assess your unit and ensure there is no pressure or wastewater in unusual places. This typically involves closing a downstream shut-off valve and testing the pressure in your system. If your backflow preventer is not functioning correctly, the team at Metcalf Plumbing can help you identify and address the problem.
Handling the Red Tape
Backflow preventer devices are an essential part of maintaining public health. As a result, the testing of these devices is often heavily monitored and regulated. You must have your unit tested by a certified professional. Fortunately, when you work with a team experienced in the testing, maintenance, and repair of backflow preventer systems, you have professionals you can rely on to guide you through the complicated process. If your system needs testing, reach out to the experts at Metcalf Plumbing.
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