Backflow Testing New Westminster, BC
Backflow Assembly Testing in New Westminster
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Vancouver Backflow Testing Ltd.:
- is insured; enrolled with WorkSafe BC; and licensed to carry on business as a plumbing contractor within the Metro Vancouver area
- our technicians are all experienced journeyman plumbers, as well as being BCWWA certified backflow testers
- our process is completely stream-lined, from the scheduling of a test all the way to invoicing and payment. Just contact us and we’ll take it from there. In many cases it will not even be necessary for you to be present when the testing is done.
- we focus on service and efficiency. Where test reports are filed online, we usually have a test report filed within an hour of the test being conducted. Where paper test reports are required, we usually send them out (by email or mail, depending on the municipality) within a day of the test being conducted.
- you don’t pay until we’ve completed the work.
- we follow up with you each year when it’s time for your backflow device(s) to be tested to ensure you keep up to date with your testing obligations
- if a device fails on initial testing, we are usually able to remedy the problem during the initial visit, thereby saving you the cost of an additional site visit. Our technicians are qualified to repair backflow assemblies, and always travel with the tools and parts required to carry out most repairs.
Where a new connection is made to a water supply line, a backflow assembly is often required to prevent the backwards flow of contaminated substances into the water supply. For example, if you install a sprinkler, whether outdoors for irrigation purposes or indoors for fire protection, a backflow assembly must be installed on the water supply line upstream of the sprinkler system. Similarly, a backflow assembly must be installed when certain fixtures are connected to the water supply. Such fixtures include such diverse items as water filters; dental equipment; commercial dishwashers; ice machines; and esthetician’s chairs. If you need a backflow assembly installed, or want advice on whether one is required, contact us for a free quote or consultation.
Before installing a new backflow assembly you must apply for a plumbing permit and pay the applicable permit application fee. As of January 1, 2022, the City of New Westminster’s permit application fee is $229.00 for 1, 2 or 3 devices, and $72 for each additional device. Once a device is installed it must be tested; a test report must be submitted to the City; and the installation work must be inspected and approved by a city inspector.
Cleaning, Repairs & Replacements
Contact us for advice on whether a backflow assembly needs to be replaced or just repaired or even just cleaned. Often a backflow assembly will leak or fail because it’s clogged with dirt or debris. Eventually some of the internal parts of a backflow assembly will break down and need to be replaced but only rarely does a backflow assembly deteriorate to the point that it needs to be replaced. We are often able to bring a backflow assembly back into working order just by disassembling and cleaning it, or by replacing a few of the internal parts. Whatever may be required, we are usually able to solve the problem in a single visit because our testers have the necessary expertise, and travel with sufficient tools and replacement parts to handle most repairs.
Backflow Assembly Removal
Text or call us if you would like to have a backflow assembly removed and the water line capped off.
Landlords & Property Managers
Because we specialize in providing backflow prevention services, our overhead low as compared to that of a general service mechanical contractor. As a result, we are able to provide expert service at highly competitive rates. In fact, many mechanical contractors find it to be more economical to subcontract their backflow testing out to us than do it inhouse. Call or text us if you would like to discuss how we can assist with your backflow prevention needs.
We frequently test newly installed devices for contractors such as plumbing-mechanical contractors; fire safety contractors; general contractors; and irrigation contractors. Just call or text us to schedule a testing. We will complete the City of New Westminster’s test report form, inserting the required registration information, and either provide the reports to you or submit them directly to the city, whichever you prefer.
Our technicians are journeyman plumbers with extensive experience working with backflow prevention devices. We’re happy to work with contractors on projects in the New Westminster area. If you think we might be able to help, text or call us any time.
About Backflow Prevention
Water normally flows in one direction, from the public drinking water system through the plumbing of a home or building and out a sink tap or other plumbing fixture or appliance. Under certain circumstances, water starts to flow in the opposite direction; this is known as “backflow”.
The flow of water into, instead of out of, our drinking water system, creates the risk of contaminated substances being drawn into, and then disbursed from, the drinking water system.
Backflow happens when there is either back siphonage or back pressure in a water line.
Back siphonage is where water flows in the opposite direction because of negative pressure in the water line. This can happen when there is a drop or stoppage of pressure in the main water line due to, for example, a break in the line or the use of a fire hydrant.
Back pressure can be created when a source of pressure, such as a water pump, creates a greater pressure than the pressure from the water distribution system.
Backflow can arise where there is a “cross connection” to our public drinking water system; a cross connection is any actual or potential connection between our drinking water system and any source of pollution or contamination. Cross connections include connections to buildings; connections for sprinkler systems; and connections for various plumbing fixtures such as boilers, water filters, ice machines, dental equipment, pools, and soap dispensers.
Some backflow prevention devices have moving parts that can wear out over time or become clogged with grit or debris. These backflow preventers must be tested regularly to make sure they are operating properly.