Backflow prevention devices are a key part of every irrigation system and are also used in pretty much every commercial building, apartment complex, fire suppression system, etc. They are used to prevent contaminated water from entering your water supply in case of a backflow event occurring. Backflow devices stop any water from flowing backward by using check valves that will only open when the water is flowing forwards through the device. These devices should be tested every year because of how truly important they are for your property. If your backflow prevention device isn't working properly, contaminated water may end up in your water supply and put people at risk of drinking harmful chemicals. That is why having your backflow prevention device tested annually is so important. Properties located in Calgary are required by law to test these devices annually.
What is a backflow prevention device and how does it work?
Backflow prevention devices are installed onto a pipe that only allows water to flow in one direction. They are used to prevent contaminated water from entering your water supply in case a backflow event occurs. These devices work by using check valves that will only open when the water is flowing forward toward the device. All backflow preventers, no matter the type, protect clean water lines from wastewater contaminants. If you do not have backflow prevention devices installed, the purity of your drinking, cooking, and cleaning water is put at risk.
A leaking head base, a flooded valve box, or an overgrown head are a few ways plants and fungi can get into your water system.
Why is it important to have your backflow prevention device tested every year?
Every year, you should have your backflow prevention device tested. The primary reason for this is because of health concerns. If your device malfunctions, contaminated water may enter your water supply, putting you and your family at risk of drinking harmful chemicals or contaminants. Hiring a professional to test your backflow prevention device is always recommended because they will know exactly what to look for. A professional will turn off your plumbing and open and close the backflow device valves. While taking pressure measurements, they will look for pressure changes in your system. Having a professional test your backflow prevention device once a year will ensure that it is working properly and give you peace of mind knowing your water is safe to use.
Property owners in Calgary are required by law to test their backflow prevention device annually.
In Calgary, nearly all buildings have a cross-connection. This is a permanent or temporary link between the water system and any potential contaminant. Since all water systems are subject to backflow, an approved backflow preventer is installed on the plumbing system to protect the drinking water from contamination. It is required by law in Calgary that all property owners test these devices annually in order to protect the drinking water supply.
Give us a call to schedule our irrigation maintenance service which includes backflow testing.
At Prestige Outdoor Services, our irrigation maintenance service includes backflow prevention device testing. We have certified professionals that are able to check your backflow device and ensure everything is working properly so you can safely use your everyday water supply. If any issues arise during the testing, our professionals have the knowledge and experience to fix the issues and get your system working properly again. We offer our service to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, Alberta, and surrounding areas. Give our team a call at (403) 250-8464 to schedule our backflow prevention device testing service.