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Backflow Testing in Waterloo

Backflow Testing in Waterloo

 

Everyone requires the services of a good plumber from time to time. When you think about calling a plumber, you usually think about having them come to fix an unforeseen emergency. Did you know that backflow occurs when there is an extremely poor reversal of flow in the drinking water system for your home, and should be tested for regularly? Learn more about backflow testing in Waterloo here. This is a key aspect of plumbing that many homeowners overlook. If you are needing a plumber, contact the plumbing experts at WaterSmart. Not only does WaterSmart provide effective water hardness solutions, but we are also a full-service plumbing services provider.

 

 

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What is Backflow?

 

Have you ever wondered what backflow is and why it needs to be tested? Simply put, backflow is when there is an overwhelmingly poor reversal of flow in the drinking water system for your home. For example, if a garden hose is connected to a container of lethal weed killer, and the water reverses direction, then the poisonous chemicals can be sucked back into the water supply. This can lead to contamination of the water supply through backpressure or back siphonage. A backflow preventer is a device or assembly that prevents backflow. Some types of backflow preventers require testing to ensure that they will work as intended.

 

 

Certified Backflow Technicians

 

At WaterSmart we are certified backflow testers and we can service your backflow prevention device. If you own a commercial building in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, or Guelph and your water is supplied by the municipality, then you are required by law to have a properly installed and maintained backflow prevention device.

WaterSmart is proudly registered with all of the above-listed cities as a company which has been approved to perform installations, repairs, and annual testing of backflow prevention devices and equipment. All backflow prevention devices must be installed and annually tested by a certified backflow technician. If you are a commercial building owner, property manager, or you are part of a maintenance personnel team, contact us and we can inform you of all the required steps. We will walk you through the entire process, submit the necessary paperwork, and show you how simple it is to comply with your city's requirements.

 

 

What is Back Siphonage?

 

According to the Ontario Water Works Association, back siphonage is backflow caused by negative pressure in a public water system. The effect is similar to drinking water through a straw. Back siphonage occurs when there is a sudden stop in water supply due to nearby firefighting, a break in a water main, high velocities in pipelines, line repair, or a break that is lower than a service point.

 

What is Backpressure?

 

Back pressure is pressure that is greater than the municipal water system supply pressure. It can occur when there is a connection to a supply operating at a higher pressure than the water distribution system. Increases in pressure can be created by booster pumps, temperature increases in boilers, interconnections with systems operating at higher pressures, and elevated piping.

 

 

What Causes Backflow?

 

When there is a water main break and the area must be isolated and repaired, the valves around the repair site are closed and the flow of water to all points of use is stopped. Sometimes, in instances like this, water can begin to flow backwards toward the repair.  

 

 

What Happens After Backflow Occurs?

 

When the repair is completed, the regular pressure is restored, and everything starts to flow in the proper direction, contaminants that had a chance to enter the water supply can start to flow toward point of use in homes or businesses affected. The concern will vary depending on the type and amount of contaminant, however, this can be dangerous when it goes undetected. 
 

 

How Can Backflow Be Prevented?

 

The simplest way is to eliminate the cross connection from the plumbing system. Where this is not possible, a backflow preventer must be installed. The basic tool used for preventing backflow is a mechanical backflow preventer, which provides a physical barrier to backflow. 

 

 

Where Should I Install Backflow Devices?

 

Backflow prevention devices need to be installed in the following locations by law in Southwestern Ontario.

 

1. Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, or Large Multi-Residential Buildings

 

Backflow can be very dangerous, especially in large, high-capacity buildings where the potential for larger quantities of contaminants is possible. Backflow prevention devices are usually located where the water enters the building.

 

2. Sprinkler And Lawn Irrigation Systems

 

Backflow can occur in sprinkler and lawn irrigation systems. If the heads of these systems become submerged during heavy rains, then contaminates such as animal waste, fertilizers, and pesticides can backflow into the drinking water. By law, these systems must have backflow prevention devices installed and annually tested.

 

3. Boilers, Tanks, Cooling Jackets, and Fire Hydrants Attached To A Potable Water Supply

 

If any of the above are attached to a useable household water supply, a backflow prevention device must be installed.

 

 

Backflow Testing in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge

 

Backflow prevention devices must be tested under the following circumstances:

1. When they are first installed

2. When they are cleaned, repaired, or overhauled

3. When they are relocated

4. Annually

 

In the Region of Waterloo, legal requirements dictate that within 14 days of performing the test, a report needs to be filled out and submitted to Kitchener Utilities or whichever utility provider you report to. 

 

 

Who Can Perform The Backflow Prevention Device Test?

 

Only a certified backflow technician registered with the corresponding cities can perform the backflow prevention device test. WaterSmart is registered with Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph as an approved company to install, repair, and annually test backflow prevention devices and equipment. If you require backflow testing, come and see the plumbing and service experts at WaterSmart. Our fully insured licensed master plumbers have been serving KW, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas since 1994. Contact WaterSmart today for all of your plumbing and backflow needs. 

 

Click here to read the Kitchener Backflow Bylaws

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