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Why Backflow Device Testing Should be Done

If you are an owner of a commercial and industrial property, then it is your responsibility to install and test backflow devices. What is true of commercial property owners should be true of homeowners as well; they should have backflow devices installed and tested annually in their property.

There is really not much problem with business owners since they see backflow device testing as part of their business cost. Many homeowners do not understand the importance of backflow device testing and this is the reason why they resist this idea.

It is because of the expense that they resist the testing and they feel that what they pay for their water bill should cover the testing.

They fail to see the importance of backflow prevention connection control processes in general and the possible hazards it can cause if the program should fail because of neglect. There is a real threat of pollution or contamination entering the potable water system and has already occurred in some communities within the US.

This issue can be resolved if homeowners understand that their water bill does not include a charge or fee for backflow device testing. The water supplier that supplied water to your home simply owns the pipe from the source up to your meter. The homeowner owns anything beyond the water meter which includes pipes and backflow devices. Water suppliers don’t perform backflow device testing or repair because they are not required by law to do so. What they are required to do is to make sure that homeowners test their backflow devices. It is very expensive to do this service to homeowners.

You should hire an independent contractor to do the backflow device testing and repairs. These contractors are those that have obtained certification from the state to do so. You need money and time to get this certification. In order to receive a certification, an individual has to take a training course and take a written and a practical, hands-on test and pas it. Maintaining your certification is possible through scheduled re-testing. In order to conduct tests and make repairs, a certified independent contractor must invest in test equipment and tools. It is expensive to buy test equipment which you should have to calibrate annually in a certified facility. The cost of equipment discourages water suppliers to do backflow device testing.

Cross-connection/backflow control processes are mandated by the federal and state governments. Backflow device leakages can compromise our potable water system and this is a very real problem.

It is only for your protection that a backflow prevention program is in place in your community. Pollutant and contaminants can invade the potable water system if your backflow device is leaking. You will have high level health hazards in your water supply.

Backflow device testing will ensure that there are no leaks in the device; these are mechanical devices that can wear, weaken, and fail over time.

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