Backflow Testing and Certification in Guelph and Kitchener – Waterloo area
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You expect your water to come from a clean source. The water flows out of your faucet with quite a bit of pressure, but problems in your plumbing system can reduce that pressure. Such problems include water main bursts and frozen pipes. When a blockage occurs, contaminated water can come through your faucet. This is also known as backflow. Fortunately, we provide annual backflow testing services for homeowners throughout Guelph and surrounding areas in Ontario.
What Are Common Problems With Backflow Prevention Devices?
Homeowners are required to install a backflow prevention device. The type of device you install will vary depending on the needs of your specific area. Once a device is installed, you must have a licensed backflow tester regularly maintain and inspect the device.
It is not uncommon for backflow devices to fail. Common factors that can affect your device include water pressure, the location of the device, water quality, and how often the device is used. Any problems that arise, such as broken seals or springs, can fixed fairly easily. To prevent more serious damage, it is important that you catch these initial problems with yearly testing.
What Happens During Backflow Testing?
Before testing begins, the homeowner will need to give consent to temporarily turn off the water supply to their home. This is necessary because all tests must be performed when there is no water flowing through the backflow device. All devices have testing ports built in, which it easy for our technicians to make sure your device is working. During the testing process, we will use a test kit to analyse the status of your device.
It is not necessary for the homeowner to be home during the testing process, as long as the backflow prevention device is outside. You will, however, have to leave all of the necessary paperwork for the technician.
How Do I Know You're Certified to Test Backflow Devices?
When choosing a technician to test your backflow prevention device, you should double-check their credentials. Before a technician is certified, he must pass a Cross Connection Control course. This licensure is only valid for five years; after this period, the technician must be re-certified. When our technicians arrive at your home, they will show you their card containing the certification number.
Getting your backflow prevention device tested yearly is one of the most important things you do to keep your family and your home safe. The testing process is quick, and routine maintenance like this goes a long way in preventing major repairs down the road.
Call us today at (519) 836-6370 to work with our certified backflow technicians.