A service here at Nixco Plumbing Inc. that many people don't know about is backflow testing. This is a required annual test for all of your backflow prevention devices. This ensures the safety of our drinking water in Mason, Ohio. The advantage of using us as your backflow testers is that we can fix any problems that arise while we're on site. Trust us to handle all of your backflow testing and certification services in Mason.
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What Is the Law Regarding Backflow Testing in Mason, OH?
By federal law, it is required that all backflow devices be tested annually. This must be performed by a certified backflow tester. If these devices are not tested, your water will be shut off by the local governing authorities. All devices have a serial number that allow for record-keeping. All testing and repair costs are to be met by the consumer.
Why Is Testing Important?
It is important to test backflow devices to make sure they are performing the necessary job of preventing herbicides, chemicals, and waste products from entering your drinking water. The entire community relies on the proper chemical makeup of the water coming from the treatment plant.
Though some homeowners find this task to be too much, the safety of your drinking water relies on the proper function of these devices. If any of these chemicals are ingested, they can cause serious illness and even death.
What Is the Testing Process?
The testing process of backflow prevention devices is quite detailed, but the general process can be explained fairly easily. The tester turns off the shutoff valve and checks all of the test cocks for proper function and flow. Then, a test kit is inserted at various valves and cocks. The tester then takes a reading of each check valve. Pressure gauges are used for differential pressure readings. Leaks and other problems are detected when readings are extreme.
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What Is Backflow?
Backflow occurs when water flows in the opposite direction than intended in a plumbing or irrigation system. A backflow preventer keeps the drinking water safe by keeping chemicals and waste from entering the water supply.
If it is time for your annual backflow testing, call Nixco Plumbing Inc. to set up an appointment. We can also answer any additional questions you may have about backflow and the importance of testing. Do your part to keep our community healthy through prompt testing as required.
If you are ever concerned that your backflow devices may have leaks, we can also perform additional testing. The great part is that we can fix any problems that we find, whereas other certified backflow testers do not provide solutions to common problems. We have the experience and training to perform an accurate backflow test.