When we get anything tested in relation to the buildings that we own, we are always wondering whether these things that we are doing are really important. But when it comes to backflow preventer testing, you have to know that the entire process is something that absolutely must get done, otherwise you are putting everyone in your building at a little bit of a risk. So what is backflow preventer checking and why does it matter? Let us take a look. For starters, we have to understand that the backflow preventer is all about ensuring the backflow of water from your supply never reaches your building.
The backflow only comes into the equation if there is some type of heavy demand for water. For instance, maybe there is a fire in the building and the fire hydrants are all being used at a very high level. Or maybe everyone in the building has been running the water all day, for some reason. In either case, the demand may eventually get so high that the pipes try to get water from the backflow, which is dirty water. But the preventer will ensure this does not happen when it is operating properly.
But if the preventer is not working, which you really have no way of knowing until it is either used or tested, then the water is going to come from the backflow in those unique situations, which means potentially contaminated water flowing through your pipes into your building’s various outlets. And you do not want that at all. So make sure you get your preventer tested at least one time a year, or a couple of times a year. This will ensure that all is as it should be with your backflow preventer. And you will have peace of mind knowing the system is operating properly.