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Letter from the City, Backflow Test? We Are Here to Help!

We Understand that Backflow Inspections and Compliance issues may not be a normal part of the day for most of our customers. We are registered and licensed to submit paperwork in all areas of the Greater Houston Region. Most backflow tests take only a few minutes with the paper work taking about 10 minutes. The Water is generally interrupted for a few minutes during each backflow test.

Why is a Backflow Test necessary? Is the City picking on Me? My neighbor said he never had his backflow tested, Why Me? The Backflow preventer was inspected at the factory, why do I need to inspect it after installation? Do you need water to Test the Backflow Preventer?

These are all common questions and backflow tests are necessary to protect the public water supply.

Inspections are important to make sure the correct backflow preventer is used in the right application. Not all backflow preventers are the same. Inspections also are important to make sure the backflow preventers are installed correctly and working in accordance with manufacture specifications. Generally a Backflow Test report is valid for 1 year. Most backflow preventers need to be inspected annually and or according to local codes and jurisdiction of the water company.

Backflow preventers need to be inspected after installation and with water connected to make sure no debris was introduced into the water system or backflow preventer during the installation process. PVC, Copper, Teflon, Silicone, leaves, rocks, frogs, tree bark, have all been found in backflow preventers when the installation crew does not flush the lines properly during installation. Even if there is no debris found in the assembly, when the water is first applied to the backflow preventer the springs or plastic pieces can become out of alignment. These two factors can and will cause the backlow preventer to fail upon initial installation. This is why It is important to inspect backflow preventers upon installation and annually.

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