FireAway offers various services for backflow prevention that includes backflow device installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair.
Backflow preventers are important because they prevent the unwanted reverse flow of water or hazardous substance from contaminating a potable (safe) water system. Basically, it only allows water to go in one direction. Backflow (the contaminant) occurs when the cross-connection within the water system structure is compromised, allowing the toxic backflow into the potable water supply. Two common examples of when the safe water system can be compromised is when a water main breaks, creating a pressure drop that causes a reverse flow in the water line; or a large volume of water is released from a fire hydrant. There can, of course, be many other factors affecting the integrity of the water supply.
Installing a backflow preventer is essential in both residential and industrial capacities to protect people from the dangerous effects of toxic backflow. In fact, backflow preventers are required by law in critical areas like food processing plants, medical water supplies, municipal water systems, and more.
Why does my backflow preventer need to be tested so often?
Annual backflow testing is important because each backflow preventer has internal seals, O-rings, and various moving parts that are subject to ordinary wear and tear over time. Mechanical backflow preventers can sometimes even be bypassed by contaminants. All backflow devices must be tested with calibrated gauge equipment to ensure it is functioning properly.
What do I do when I receive a notice to get my backflow tested?
We have had customers call and ask us to test their backflow preventer immediately because they received a notice in the mail, and we do our best to accommodate. To avoid future panic, when you schedule this year’s backflow test, we recommend scheduling your next year’s test at the same time. This way, you avoid “cutting it close” when the governing authorities send a notice to your place of business.
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Requirements of NFPA 25 Backflow Test and examples of work performed during inspection include:
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