Backflow prevention devices spend their whole working lives in water. The quality of the water in which they work will have a huge impact on the longevity of the assembly: higher mineral content in a source of water will cause deposits to form on the internal components; extremes in pH balances may cause an increased rate of corrosion of the delicate parts of the device; and, of course, physical debris like flakes of rust, dirt or other organic material can become lodged inside a backflow prevention device.
All of these scenarios can lead to a backflow prevention device failing its test, in which case you will need to repair or replace your device.
My Backflow Device Failed Its Test... Now What?
If your backflow prevention device fails its test, you will need to have it repaired or replaced. Your backflow professional should be able to give you a sense of the scope and cost of the necessary remedy. Your backflow tester is required to report a failed test to the water authority.
What if I Don't Repair My Backflow Device?
Your water authority has given you a deadline by which you need to have a successful test of your backflow device. If your device has failed its test, then you will not be able to submit a succesful test report to the water authority. If you have not submitted a successful test form by the deadline, your water authority will give you a final notice (usually 5 days) before shutting off your water service. Your water service must have working backflow prevention installed on it for you to continue to receive your water.
How Much Will the Repair Cost?
The cost of a repair depends upon the type and the size of your backflow device. Generally, the cost of a repair will increase as the size of the backflow device increases. For example, the repairs on a device with a diameter of 2 inches will be more expensive than a device with a 1 inch diameter. Additionally, the make and model of a backflow device will influence the cost of its repair. This is because some styles of devices are more labor-intensive than others to work with because of their design.
How Will the Repair Affect My Water Service?
Most repairs require that your water service be diminished or halted while the backflow device is repaired. For devices that are 2 inches in diameter or smaller, repairs shouldn't take much longer than 5 to 20 minutes. For larger devices, repair time can take longer. Your backflow professional should be able to give you a sense of how long your water service will be interrupted during a repair.
Why Should I Choose Martin Fire and Backflow to Repair My Device?
Martin Fire and Backflow technicians arrive for backflow tests prepared to care for your backflow prevention device in whatever way is necessary. That includes carrying a full stock of repair kits and parts for a broad range of backflow devices. The vast majority of the time, your Martin Fire and Backflow tester can repair your failing device during the same visit as your scheduled test. Our expertise and preparedness keeps our repair times short, which keeps water flowing to your home or business with minimal interruption.