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Backflow is a term used to describe water that is allowed to "flow back" into what should be a clean water supply line. Keeping water supply lines clean and free of contamination is important for both residential and industrial water-related systems. Take a look at backflow testing, its role in protecting a clean water source, and more below.
What is backflow testing and why is it important?
Backflow testing is a process that is used to ensure that a backflow preventer is working properly. A backflow preventer is a device that is installed on a water line to prevent contaminated water from flowing back into the water supply. Backflow testing is required by law in many jurisdictions to continuously ensure there is no contamination of the water supply.
It is important to have your backflow preventer tested regularly to ensure that it is working properly and protecting your water supply from contamination. Water that sits idle in a supply line or flows back from an exit point can be laced with organisms that can cause illness.
What are the different types of backflow testing?
There are two types of backflow testing: hydrostatic testing and air pressure testing. Hydrostatic testing is the most common type of backflow testing. It involves pressurizing the water line with water to ensure that the backflow preventer is working properly. Air pressure testing is less common than hydrostatic testing. It involves pressurizing the water line with air to ensure that the backflow preventer is working properly.
Who do you contact if you need backflow testing?
Backflow testing should be performed by a qualified professional because avoiding water supply contamination is a matter of protecting human health. The testing can be performed by a licensed plumber or a certified backflow testing technician. The technician will use the appropriate tools and equipment to test the backflow preventer. Once the testing is complete, the technician will also provide a report that documents the results of the test if you need proof the testing has been completed.
How often should backflow testing be conducted?
Backflow testing is typically required every few years or so, but the specifics can vary depending on the laws in your jurisdiction. Some systems need more frequent analysis as well. For example, a water supply that feeds a series of residential properties may need to be tested more often due to the many opportunities for backflow to be an issue.
Contact a company that offers backflow testing to learn more.Share
5 June 2023