Three Times You Should Schedule Testing of Backflow Prevention Systems

Backflow prevention devices help to protect the water supply from contamination and regulate water pressure. These devices also ensure that sewage can only flow one way. NYC backflow preventer testing is key to keeping water and sewer systems in commercial and industrial applications clean and properly functional.

Certifications and Environmental Inspections

City, state, or other authorities may require testing of the backflow prevention system as part of a facility certification. It may also be required as a part of an environmental inspection. If your facility has recently had a problem with a boiler or a chemical leak, testing of the backflow prevention system may be required as part of the utility inspection service.

Problems with Water Pressure

Descaling of a boiler, the installation of new water fixtures, or a problem with a water fixture could lead to changes with the water pressure. A backflow prevention system that is starting to fail could also be responsible for water pressure problems. When all the water fixtures have been tested and found to not have any leaks, testing of the backflow device is the next step in troubleshooting the situation and determining a solution to the problem.

Suspicion of Contamination or Leaking

If unusual spills, stains, or areas of dead vegetation are found on your property, many inspections may be needed to find the cause of the problem. Septic systems or leaks in natural gas and oil lines are possible causes. A sudden increase in water bills or a backup of the sanitary sewer necessitates inspection. Another possible cause could be a failed backflow prevention device. If you have reasons to suspect that a water line, sewer line or other piping with a backflow prevention system has corroded or cracked, it is a good idea to have it inspected.