Need your Backflow Preventer Inspected?
If you’ve received a letter from your water company or municipality requiring annual backflow preventer testing or requiring you to install a backflow prevention device, give us a call at 804-559-8763 to schedule a professional backflow inspection or consultation.
Our services include testing, installation, and service repair of all makes and models of domestic backflow and irrigation assemblies by our DPOR licensed technician. We will file the required forms with your water department and provide you with a copy of the test form for your records. A copy is also retained in our office for your reference.
If you want to learn more about the backflow code you can dig into Section 608.13 in the VA Plumbing Code that deals with Backflow Prevention.
Here’s some of the local requirements for Backflow Prevention.
FAQ about Backflow Prevention
1. Why choose BREMAC for your Backflow Preventer needs?
That’s simple. We are the BEST at what we do! We are professionals. Our mission is to provide our customers with the very best in service by offering a wide variety of high quality equipment and accessories serviced and installed by a team of quality conscious professionals. We combine old fashioned service with modern technology to give you professional dependable service.
2. What is Backflow?
Technically, backflow is defined as the unintentional reversal of the normal direction of flow in a potable water system that may result in the pollution or contamination of the system by a liquid, gas, solids or mixtures. Simply put, backflow is anywhere “bad water” has the chance to mix with “good water”.
3. Why does the Backflow Device have to be tested yearly?
A Backflow Preventer is a mechanical device, and like any mechanical device, it will fail. State and local codes specify that every backflow prevention device must be tested at least yearly to verify its operation. Failure to do so could allow a backflow event to harm people and/or property.
4. What does the Backflow Test involve?
The backflow test is fairly simple. Every testable backflow device has test ports built into it to allow yearly testing. A licensed technician will connect a test kit to the device and verify proper operation. All water downstream of the backflow device must be shut off to perform the test.
5. Do I need to be home when you come to do Backflow Test?
If your device is outside, then the answer is no. Just leave us the backflow paperwork you received from the Health Dept or City and we’ll do everything else. Simple.
If your device is inside, then someone will need to be home to let us in. Most arrivals are within 60 minutes of scheduled appointment time so you don’t have to waste the whole day waiting.
6. What is failure rate and what are common failure modes?
Several factors influence the lifespan of a backflow device. These factors include water pressure, water quality, frequency of use and installation environment. About 5% of tested devices will have a problem. Most problems are simple and are caused by worn O-rings, cut seals or broken springs. Severe problems such as cracked castings and shattered poppets are usually caused by exposure to freezing temperatures. We offer complete repair and replacement service on any device.
7. My Backflow Device is leaking from the bottom relief port. Is it bad?
Maybe. The relief port is made to discharge water as the backflow device does its job. If it only drips occasionally or has a damp spot underneath it, it’s probably OK. However, if it is leaking constantly from the relief port, then something is wrong. Call us today or request a service call.