Backflow Prevention Device Testing & Repair

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As a Certified Backflow Tester, Western Rooter is able to offer backflow prevention device testing and repairs at competitive prices. Testing is a simple procedure. We use digital equipment to help us identify problems with a backflow device, so that we can determine if the device should be replaced, or if there are other problems on the line which will need to be addressed instead.

We understand that the expense of testing and maintaining back flow prevention is a new concept for some of our customers, and they often have questions about these devices when they learn they are required.

We'll try to answer the most common questions here: what are they? Are they required? What will happen if I don't use one, or have it tested regularly? How much does testing cost?

 

What is a backflow prevention device?

A backflow prevention device protects a clean water source, or water main, from contamination further down the line, caused by normal fluctuations in water pressure. This is immensely important, because some equipment which are connected to clean water lines use harmful chemicals, or may possibly contain stagnant water.

For example, many fire sprinkler systems contain pipes filled with water which is rarely used. The water inside fire suppression systems often becomes stagnant, and isn’t safe to re-enter a water main line. As the water in a main line is accessed, the pressure of the line may drop, and this may cause water in fire sprinklers connected to the main to backflow into the main line. A backflow device will prevent contamination in this situation.

 

Do I need a back flow prevention device?

IN THIS SITUATION, DIRTY WATER FROM THE HILLSIDE POOL WILL BACK-SIPHON OR BACK-FLOW DOWN THE HOSEPIPE AND INTO THE CLEAN WATER TANK. TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING, THE HOUSE'S EXTERNAL TAP SHOULD BE FITTED WITH A BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE.

IN THIS SITUATION, DIRTY WATER FROM THE HILLSIDE POOL WILL BACK-SIPHON OR BACK-FLOW DOWN THE HOSEPIPE AND INTO THE CLEAN WATER TANK. TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING, THE HOUSE'S EXTERNAL TAP SHOULD BE FITTED WITH A BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE.

In many commercial applications, backflow prevention is required by municipal water authorities. They are often required whenever water from a main line is delivered to a water meter (to protect the meter), fire sprinklers, soft drink fountains, medical equipment, irrigation, cooling towers, and many other specialty applications.

The back flow prevention device is important in protecting health and welfare of the general public, because it prevents municipal water from being contaminated by contaminants and pollutants, such as: irrigation water, pesticides,  cleaning agents, water conditioners for boilers, X-ray developer, fire supply lines,  soda machines, etc.

 

What will happen if I don’t use a backflow device, or if I don’t have it tested?

Municipal water authorities, especially in and around LA County, take water backflow prevention seriously, and require devices be tested regularly. In fact, Water Districts are required by the EPA and the State of California to adhere to a Cross Connection Control Program.

If you are not in compliance with testing and prevention regulations, then your municipal water supply may be turned off. This could be detrimental to many businesses, so we recommend you keep up with scheduled and required testing.

 

How much does backflow testing cost?

We’re offering backflow prevention device testing starting at $68.

If you’d like one of our plumbing technicians to test your device for you, please call us at:

(626) 448-6455