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Frequently Asked Questions About Backflow

Q: Is Backflow Testing Required?

A: Numerous province regulations require all backflow prevention devices to be tested annually. These devices are required to keep the water that passes through them and into the plumbing system beyond them from coming back into the water supply, while protecting the quality and safety of the drinking water system. Just like the individual parts of your car, backflow prevention devices have parts that can break down and wear out. Annual backflow tests can help to ensure the drinking water supplied to your home remains safe.

Q: Will The Water Be Shut Off During The Backflow Test?

A: YES, the water will be turned off for a brief time, depending on what the device serves.

Q: How Long Does the Backflow Test Take?

A: The actual “Test” only takes a short time, about 10-15 minutes.

Q: How Often Do I Get My Backflow Tested?

A: Generally you will only be required to test a device once a year. However if a device fails in some point and needs to be repaired, we are required to submit a Test Report after the repair is made.

Q: When Do I Know It's Time For My Backflow Test?

A: You will be advised by your local water or health department when it is time to have your device tested. It usually stays the same month every year, however, this is entirely controlled by the water or health department.

Q: What Is a Backflow Device?

A: A backflow device is simply a check valve. It allows the water to flow in one direction only. While there are several types of devices, their primary purpose is to allow the flow of water in only one direction.  It is used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow

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