Backflow Testing, Prevention, and Repair
We’re proud to offer backflow testing and repair. If you own a business in South Florida, including Broward County and Southern Palm Beach County, you may need to comply with your city’s regulations regarding backflow testing. At Echo Air Conditioning, we not only provide cost- effective testing and prevention services, but we can assist you with repairs as well. Learn more about these services below.
What Is Backflow?
Backflow takes place when the direction of sewage or water flowing the home or business plumbing system is reversed. When the flow of wastewater is reversed, it can contaminate the entire water supply, making people sick. There are a few common causes of backflow, including:
- A break in the water main
- Back-pressure, which takes place when the downstream pressure is higher than upstream pressure, leading to a reversal in flow
- Equipment malfunctions and defective pump systems, which this testing is designed to detect
For all these reasons, regular testing is critical.
What Is Backflow Testing?
Backflow testing is designed to ensure that all backflow prevention measures are working properly. Backflow prevention devices are positioned in plumbing cross-connections. Cross-connections are common locations where drinking water may become contaminated. In addition, backflow can also occur outside the home. This includes irrigation systems, sprinkler systems, and other water lines that may connect your home to the city’s water. Testing should only be performed by a trained plumbing professional for safety measures. This requirement is also put in place to protect your plumbing system. In addition, plumbing professionals must be licensed by local or state authorities in order to perform thorough testing.
How Is Backflow Testing Performed?
During backflow testing, a certified plumber will open and close every valve of each backflow prevention device to make sure it works well. A plumber will also look at gauge movement, water pressure, and water flow rates to make sure there are no malfunctions in any backflow prevention devices. The plumber will produce a report summarizing the findings and highlighting any potential issues.
Why Is Backflow Testing Important?
Backflow testing is important because there are a lot of health risks associated with backflow in the water supply. The goal is to prevent contamination of the city’s water supply to protect the health of the house, neighborhood, and city. In the past, significant outbreaks of bacterial and viral infections have been traced to backflow issues. More recent issues have contaminated the water supply with chemicals. A few examples of the health consequences of backflow include:
- Sodium hydroxide and pesticide contamination
- E. Coli
Backflow preventer testing is important for preventing all these issues.
What Are Your City’s Requirements on Backflow Testing?
There are several backflow testing requirements to note in South Florida. In Fort Lauderdale, for example, the requirements include:
- Every residential and commercial water system in FL must have a cross-connection control program
- All irrigation service meters must be protected for a backflow device
- Only reduced-pressure backflow and pressure-vacuum breaker devices are acceptable
- All commercial irrigation backflows must be tested yearly
- All residential irrigation backflow devices must be tested every two years
At Echo Air Conditioning, it would be our pleasure to handle all your backflow preventer testing and prevention needs. Not only will we inspect your backflow prevention systems, but we will
also make the necessary repairs. We are here to be your one-stop shop when it comes to backflow repair and testing.
Call Echo Air Conditioning Today or Schedule a Quote Online for Backflow Testing in South Florida
If you want your business to comply with local regulations, you need to rely on a reputable company for backflow prevention, testing, and repair. At Echo Air Conditioning, we have placed the needs of our clients ahead of our own from day one. We are extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and have the latest equipment in the industry. We leverage our experience to help you with your commercial ice machines, HVAC units, electrical services, and plumbing services. This includes backflow prevention, backflow testing, and backflow repair. Call us today at (954) 366-4585 or schedule a free consultation online! We even provide a free quote! Contact us today.