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Home » Services » Residential- Backflow Prevention Device Replacement & Installation
When it comes to protecting drinking water, it’s important for house owners in Toronto to make sure their plumbing system is fitted with a residential backflow preventer device while it only takes one building to contaminate the entire water supply. Let our team of highly trained technicians help you in the installation of backflow preventer that creates a barrier to prevent water from flowing back.
To help ensure that no contaminated, pollutants or unsuitable quality water enters the water system, Everest Drain & Plumbing works with homeowners to have the appropriate backflow prevention devices installed, tested, replaced, and maintained.
Everest Drain & Plumbing pro can offer residents of GTA replacement or installation of backflow preventer. If you suspect an issue with your backflow preventer installation then please let us know by calling us immediately. Installation of backflow preventer protects the health of you and your family and any fault with your device could pose a significant health risk.
Backflow is the reversal of the flow of water into the distribution pipes of your potable water system that can contaminate drinking water. Your plumbing system is designed to keep your water supply completely separate from your wastewater, but when backflow occurs, water from inside your house can be pushed or pulled back into the community’s drinking water supply. In the same way, backflow can be isolated within a single property when water from a source pushes or pulls the water back into the property’s drinking water supply.
What Causes Backflow?
Water distribution systems are designed so that water flows in only one direction. However, when the water main is damaged and normal water pressure is lost in the water main, water could flow from a house/building back into the water main. When this occurs, water ends up flowing in the opposite direction. Backflow could also occur in the event of a cross-connection where the well-pump pressure is higher than the water main pressure causing the water to flow backward into the water main. Any form of backflow can be dangerous and is a potential health hazard to the community drinking water supply.
Listed below are the major causes of backflow in residential properties.
How to Prevent Backflow?
In order to ensure safe, clean drinking water, all the residential owners in Toronto are obligated to require the installation of backflow preventer to protect the potable drinking water system. The backflow preventer installation should be done before the water supply connection is installed and water is supplied to your property. All the property owners in Toronto must have a backflow prevention device fitted to their water supplies and have it tested annually. Generally, water quality within plumbing systems and water distribution mains is preserved as long as the water pressure is maintained.
Backflow Prevention Regulations
To help protect the safety of the City’s drinking water in Toronto, the water supply by law mandates that all residential properties in Toronto should have backflow prevention devices installed on the water supply lines. Contact us today for detailed information on various situations whereby your house or building would require a residential backflow preventer installation or not.
Backflow Prevention Devices for Residential Properties
There are various types of backflow prevention devices available in the markets that prevent wastewater from the property from entering the city’s water supply. The type of device appropriate for a particular application is determined by the degree of contamination risk. And a correctly selected backflow prevention device will eliminate any risk of contamination of the drinking water supply.
A plumber certified as a Backflow Prevention Specialist can assist in selecting the proper device. Backflow prevention device installation is done where there is a risk of contaminated fluids entering the water supply pipes.
The types of backflow prevention devices for residential properties are available with both testable or non-testable devices. Their use in a particular situation depends on the degree of hazard. Testable devices must be tested on installation and at regular intervals of time, like semi-annually or annually.
Below are types of testable backflow prevention assemblies.
Non-testable devices may only be used on low-hazard rated systems and are usually used for internal protection. Non-testable devices should be checked every 2 years maximum.
Backflow prevention device installation ensures that the supply of drinking water in your house is protected against the entry of any contaminants or pollutants. So, periodic testing is required after the installation of backflow preventer. The backflow prevention device installed in your building should be tested every year. Everest Drain & Plumbing can do yearly tests and inspection and provide you with the necessary documentation to ensure that you are meeting all your legal requirements.
This backflow prevention program applies to all industrial, commercial, and multi-residential and mixed-use buildings. It also applies to any property, including residential that poses a risk to the quality of the Town’s drinking water and safety of the community, regardless of the property class. A building permit is also required for all backflow preventer installations. Call your local water supplier to confirm whether or not backflow prevention device installation is required at your house.
First, ask a licensed backflow preventer plumber to inspect your house and what appropriate backflow preventer installation is required. There are a number of different types of backflow prevention devices available. The type of device required will depend on the risk rating of the property with the possible hazard. The licensed backflow plumber near your area will be able to provide you with all the relevant information.
Testing of your backflow prevention devices is required to be completed yearly by a licensed backflow preventer tester. If the tester finds the assembly is not working, you must arrange to have it repaired and tested again.
Even though the device is required by many cities throughout the country, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to install the device. This means you have to bear all backflow preventer installation and replacement costs.
The cost of having a backflow preventer installation differs. It is dependent on several factors including the size of the device, where the device is located, the type of device, service charge, etc.
Not all plumbers in Toronto provide this service because it requires special certification. That’s why you should never depend on maintenance personnel or hire a handyman to install the device. Always hire a licensed and insured plumber who is approved by the city to test and install backflow prevention devices.
Backflow preventer installation is very important for your homes and buildings. It keeps you, your families, and friends in good health and gives peace of mind. To learn more about installation of backflow preventer, contact us today.
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