Fire Sprinkler Backflow Testing
Fire Sprinkler Backflow Preventer Testing
Acme Bay Area Backflow is trained and licensed to test and provide documented backflow certification of all types of back-flow prevention devices. We will manage all aspects of the testing for you. Your technician will complete the inspection paperwork and submit it directly to your appropriate water authority for you! In the event your unit fails the testing, your technician will outline your options to repair or replace the unit so that it complies with the local requirements.
Backflow Preventer Testing Benefits with ACME Bay Area Backflow
Why Get Backflow Testing?
Municipal and State plumbing codes typically require the installation of backflow prevention devices in most commercial building, and some residential buildings whenever there is a chance that a “back flow” of water could be sucked into the clean water system. The size and complexity of the installed backflow preventor will coincide with the specific back-flow risks that each situation presents. Bottom line, backflow preventors are the key to protecting the clean water supply, most need to be tested annually.
Frequenty Asked Questions
In it’s simplest form a “backflow” occurs when clean (potable) water reverses direction causing a suction that pulls dirty water into the clean fire sprinkler supply system. Needless to say the “dirty” water can contain any number of harmful chemicals, fertilizers and even human waste. Anytime there is a cross-connection between clean (potable) water and “dirty” (non-potable) water the chance of a back-flow exists.
Fire Sprinkler Backflow preventer testing is the process in which your backflow preventor device is tested annually, ensuring that your water system does not have an unwanted backflow in it. It also ensures that the preventer is functioning properly and does not need to be replaced or repaired.
Backflow in fire sprinkler systems can be a serious problem, because a large volume of water remains stagnant in a building’s fire sprinkler system, unless it is flowing. Backflow preventers ensure that the water remains in the sprinkler system and it is not pushed backed into the main water supply. Thus, public utilities and fire officials do not want it flowing back into the water main contaminating drinking water or other serious issues.
Yes, backflow testing is required annually by most every city throughout California in Apartment, Condominium, Restaurants, Commercial, and other multi-family dwellings.