A Requirement in the City of Raleigh
Backflow Testing, Repair & Certification
Backflow testing is a requirement for all commercial businesses in Raleigh.
We assume that the water that comes out of our faucets and fixtures is clean and safe to use and consume, but if your plumbing system has become compromised due to an issue like a burst pipe or a leak, then there’s a chance that your water may become contaminated. This is called “backflow” and is a plumbing issue that should be resolved as soon as possible. At Your Service Pro of NC, we offer dependable backflow testing services in Raleigh, NC and its surrounding areas, so give us a call to make sure your water supply is safe to drink.
What Happens During Your Backflow Test?
The backflow testing process typically takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, if there are no repairs that need to be made. Valves are opened and closed to check for any irregularities and a form is then submitted to the local city, ensuring that it meets the correct standard and that there are no code violations. Backflow could be a huge problem, which is why we recommend you give us a call. There are fines associated with failure to perform this testing.
Why the test is iportant
Drinking water flows through pressurized water taps from the source to your tap. It generally flows in one direction but on some occasions, it may flow in the opposite direction, or “backflow”. Essentially, backflow is when water runs backward through a water system. This water is not drinkable and may contaminate the drinking water supply. Backflow can be caused by a water main break or high demand at a water hydrant and testing is necessary, you can never be sure when backflow is going to happen.
Backflow Testing Process
There are two main purposes of the test, to see if backflow is present and to determine the issue that is causing it, so that it can be fixed. The testing process involves using valves on the backflow testing device, known as gate and relief valves. Essentially the plumber will be closing valves and checking for changes in gauge movement, water leaks and other clear signs.