Vancouver Backflow Testing Services

Are your drains flowing out instead of in? Are you worried about contamination in your water system? Backflow testing is what you need to put your mind at ease! Unwanted backward flow can cause serious harm to your health if it gets into your drinking water. Homeowners are not always aware of the importance of regular backflow testing and repairs to their backflow prevention devices. Allowing an expert Vancouver plumber to test and repair your device could save you time and money in the long run.

Backflow testing and repair is not only essential to ensure safe drinking water but it is also required by the City of Vancouver to get your device tested every year by a certified backflow expert. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver can take your worries away and give you a certificate of compliance each year. Ready for a hassle-free plumbing solution? Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to speak with our friendly customer service team!

Do You Need Backflow Testing Services?

Did you know backflow testing is required for all properties with a backflow preventer in Vancouver? That's right! These systems prevent sewage water from backing up into your property's water, which can create toxic water. The city wants to protect its people from contaminated and harmful water, so they set a few rules. Vancouver Water Works created bylaw 4848, stating that all backflow preventers must be tested every year by a certified backflow tester. So, do you need backflow testing? The answer is most likely yes!

Most commercial properties and larger buildings require installing backflow prevention assemblies to protect drinking water from toxic waste and contamination. Suppose a property has a fire sprinkler system, a ground irrigation sprinkler system, a commercial boiler system, or any boiler system with anti-freeze. In that case, a backflow preventer is required by law.

The city requires all backflow prevention devices to be checked annually to remove the risks of contaminated water. Sometimes, however, backflow testing and backflow repairs are needed earlier than your yearly check-up. If you notice water flowing back or your drains flowing out instead of in, then it's time to call an experienced plumber in Vancouver. If you notice your dishwasher, pool, toilets, garburator, lawn irrigation system, or faucets with hose attachments draining out instead of in, immediately call an expert today!

Here are a few common signs that you need backflow repairs to your preventer:

  • Leaking Water
  • Changes to Water Pressure
  • Unclear or Cloudy Water
  • Slow Drains

Trust the Experts with Your Backflow Testing

We know adding one more item to your to-do list as a homeowner or business owner can be annoying. But Mr. Rooter Plumbing has got you covered with their licensed plumbers and certified backflow testers! Bylaw 4848 states a certified tester is someone with up-to-date certification from British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA). Therefore, not just any plumber can help you with backflow testing.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver has BCWWA-certified plumbing technicians available 24/7 for all your backflow assembly testing and repairs on backflow preventers. Forgot about the deadline for your yearly backflow preventer inspection? Fear not! We can test or fix any of your backflow piping at any time, day or night!

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver, we pride ourselves on our professional customer service and guaranteed workmanship. Our experts are courteous and committed to helping you with all your backflow repairs and questions, offering advice during backflow preventer inspections so that you have the most efficient and effective system. We offer upfront backflow testing rates, so your annual testing doesn't come as a surprise.

Contact the experts in plumbing today at Mr. Rooter Plumbing for your backflow testing so your property is running smoothly, giving you clean water!

FAQs About Backflow Testing and Backflow Repair

As mentioned previously, testing and repairing any backflow devices within your plumbing system is essential. We have answered some of your frequently asked questions:

What is Backflow and What Causes It?

Backflow testing and repair are vital for ensuring your home's water remains safe and clean. But what exactly is it? Backflow occurs when contaminated water flows in the opposite direction of normal flow, usually due to a drop in pressure on the main water supply. Basically, it's when the water in your water system runs the wrong way. This contaminates your water supply with toxins from your toilet, shower, and garburator, making your water unsafe to drink or use.

Two types of backflow exist, and both happen when the water pressure is different outside your home versus inside your home:

  • Back Pressure: This type of backflow happens when the pressure from the water supply trying to get into your home has difficulty because it has lower water pressure than that in your home's plumbing system. This means clean, drinkable water cannot flow through your pipes and out of your faucets.
  • Back Siphonage: This type of backflow happens when the pressure from the water supply trying to get into your home is higher, creating suction and not allowing the lower water pressure in your pipes to access clean water.

Backflow prevention assemblies can be installed to prevent backflow and contamination of your water. However, these systems need an annual backflow testing service. This is because they aren't infallible and have seals, springs, and other parts that can wear down that require a professional to fix.

What Does a Backflow Test Cost in Vancouver?

The price for backflow testing can vary but typically is at most $75. It depends on if only a test is needed, if repairs are required, or even if a whole new installation process is necessary. Additionally, if you want the test report filed on behalf of your someone, that can add to the cost too. We recommend contacting us, and we'll give you an upfront, flat-rate price before beginning any work.

How Long Does Backflow Testing Take?

Depending on the complexity of your system, it can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour, sometimes longer. A backflow testing service is typically straightforward. But a more significant problem is discovered occasionally and may require additional testing or even some backflow repairs.

What if My Device Fails the Test?

If your backflow prevention device fails the test, you will need to contact a licensed plumber for backflow repairs or replacement if the certified technician cannot fix the failure on the spot. Once the faulty part or system is fixed or replaced, it must be retested to ensure it works properly.

Can I Perform Backflow Testing Myself?

Vancouver requires all backflow testing to be done by a BCWWA-certified plumbing technician. Therefore, you cannot do backflow testing yourself if you need the certificate of compliance upon completion. You can check on and test your device periodically to ensure it works properly for your peace of mind. However, you need to hire a BCWWA-certified plumber for the city-required annual backflow testing.

How Do I Know If I Need a Backflow Preventer?

You need a backflow preventer installation service to protect your water supply from potential toxins, especially if you are worried about water contamination. You also are required to install a new device if you:

  • Apply for an additional water meter or a new one
  • Separate or move your water meter
  • Install a fire sprinkler system
  • Install an irrigation system and meter

What is the Lifespan of a Backflow Preventer and When Should I Have Backflow Repairs?

The lifespan of a backflow preventer can vary from five to ten years, depending on maintenance and the area you live. This is why routine inspections, maintenance, and backflow repairs are highly recommended to get the most out of your preventer and protect your water for many years.

What is the Difference Between Backflow Prevention Valves and a Backflow Preventer?

Valves act more like a plug that can start or stop water from passing through a pipe, preventing it from backflowing. However, backflow preventers apply pressure on the piping system to ensure that your water supply only flows in one direction and is more reliable.

What Exactly Causes Water Contamination?

Mainly, contamination is caused by waste pollution and sewage backflow. This happens when waste and sewage back up into the pipes supplying your water system. That's why prevention assemblies are critically needed in larger piping systems so this doesn't occur.

What Other Plumbing Services Do You Provide?

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver is your all-in-one plumbing company, offering services such as:

  • Drain cleaning
  • Water line repairs
  • Leaky pipe repair
  • Clogged drain repair
  • Boiler services
  • Water softener
  • Water filter installation
  • Tankless water heater installation
  • Preventative and routine maintenance
  • Sump pump repair and installation
  • Hot water tank installation and repair
  • Trenchless sewer repair
  • And more!

Schedule Backflow Testing Today!

Don't worry about your water quality any longer! Our friendly customer service team is always willing to answer any questions you may have about your backflow system and the requirements of the city of Vancouver. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver for your annual backflow testing today!

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