Whether it’s commercial or residential, you have a lot that needs to be regularly tested and maintained as a property owner. There are some things you can do yourself. For the things that you can’t, it may be tempting to rationalize your way to letting that annual appointment fall by the wayside.
Backflow issues are the kind of problems that you don’t usually notice until it’s already too late. So if you’re reading this, you might be asking yourself the same question many have before: Do I need backflow testing?
Yes, you do, and we’ll tell you why.
What Is Backflow?
A backflow system is vital in preventing contamination to your water supply. Contamination can happen through back-siphoning or back-pressure, both of which can cause your clean water to be tainted by potentially hazardous chemicals and contaminants. A backflow device, which is usually already installed in water systems that require them, works to keep that from happening.
Regulations among backflow devices differ depending on the state. According to Florida law, residential owners are required to test their backflow system every two years, and commercial owners are required to test them yearly. This has been put into place to protect the community’s water supply, which will only be fully covered if every water system in the area is properly maintained.
The Backflow Test
When you schedule your annual backflow test, you will be working with a licensed professional who will be able to properly determine if backflow is present in your clean water supply through any possible source. They’ll do this by manipulating the gate and relief gauges on your water system.
You don’t need to do much to prepare for the test, and there’s a good chance that no replacement equipment will need to be ordered. All you really need to keep in mind is that your water will be turned off briefly while your water system is being maintained.
Sometimes, the things we’re most likely to put off are actually much easier than we think once we buckle down and get the process started. Think of how nice it feels to get the weight off your chest by doing the laundry or taking out the trash. And when you properly maintain your backflow system, you’re doing more than helping yourself—you’re helping your entire community.