The Importance of Backflow Testing

Commercial and industrial property owners should be well aware of their responsibility to have their backflow devices installed and examined regularly. And not only commercial owners, but residential owners should also feel responsible to have backflow devices installed and tested annually.

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.

They are not happy with the annual expense since they feel the cost of testing should have been covered in their water bill.

They also do not understand the importance of the Houston backflow testing prevention connection control process in general, and the extreme hazard possible if the program should suffer because of neglect. Pollution and contamination entering the potable water system is a real threat and it has already happened in some communities within the US.

The problem with many homeowners is that they do not know that their water bill does not include backflow device testing. What the water supplier owns are only the pipes from the source up to the water meter. Beyond the meter, including water pipes, a backflow device belongs to the homeowner. Water suppliers are not required by law to perform the device testing or repairs and they usually don’t. It is only ensuring that homeowners are doing backflow device testing that they are required to do. Adding this to their services is too much of a cost to offer.

Backflow device testing and repairs can be done by an independent contractor. Only certified contractors can do the backflow device testing. You need money and time to get this certification. You should enroll in a training course and pass your written and practical test to receive a certification. Maintaining your certification is possible through scheduled re-testing. Independent contractors must invest in the test equipment and tools so that he is able to conduct tests and perform repairs. Purchasing test equipment is costly and it should be calibrated annually by a certified facility. All of these cost money which water suppliers are not able to absorb. For further details see the line video inspection Houston.

It is mandated by the federal and state governments to have backflow control processes. This policy is implemented because of the threat to our potable water system which is very real.

Most communities have a backflow prevention program which will protect its residents. Pollutants and contaminants may be introduced into the potable water system at any point at which they come into contact with each other. 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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