Backflow Testing in Salt Lake City, UT

Backflow preventers are essential devices that help protect the safety and quality of the region’s water supply. At Whipple Service Champions, our licensed and insured plumbers have the tools, expertise, and experience to provide an accurate assessment of the backflow preventer installed in your home or business.

Our thorough approach to plumbing services, coupled with our dedication to detail, ensures the accuracy of our findings and the reliable performance of the backflow prevention systems you depend on.

Contact Whipple Service Champions to schedule backflow prevention testing in Salt Lake City today.

What Is Backflow?

Backflow occurs when contaminated water reverses the direction of water flow and enters the clean water lines. It can happen when there’s a cross-connection between the clean and dirty water lines. Most often, it’s caused by a significant change in the water pressure within the line, such as if the water main bursts.

When the flow is altered, it allows human waste, pesticides, chemicals, and other contaminants to flow into the clean water supply, creating a significant health hazard.

How Backflow Prevention Works

Every home and business is required to have a backflow preventer installed. This simple safety device is designed to prevent backflow.

When there’s a significant change in water pressure, the device prevents contaminated water from entering the clean water supply lines. Backflow preventers are one-way valves that close when the water pressure from the home is greater than the water pressure entering the home.

While durable and designed to last decades, a backflow preventer can fail due to poor water quality, chloramines, water temperature, and age-related deterioration of rubber seals and other components.

Because of their critical role in protecting the municipal water supply, local codes require homeowners and businesses to perform annual testing of their backflow prevention systems. Failure to comply can result in fines and cutting off water to your home or business.

Signs a Backflow Preventer Is Failing

Your plumbing system often shows subtle signs that the backflow preventer has failed. While these signs can point to other plumbing issues, it’s important to schedule an inspection whenever you notice them.

Potential signs of a defective backflow preventer can include:

  • Slow drainage from sinks, tubs, or toilets
  • Visible particulate flowing from taps
  • Odd-tasting or smelling water
  • Water leaks
  • Uneven water pressure
  • Discolored water

What Is Backflow Testing?

Backflow testing is the process of testing the performance of the backflow preventer. During a backflow test, we’ll assess the presence of backflow particles in your plumbing.

We’ll inspect the pressure within the system using a specialized gauge to the valve, close the downstream valve, and then assess any changes to the readings on the pressure gauge. At the same time, we’ll check for water leaks and other problems by opening and closing various valves in the plumbing system.

Depending on the extent of the plumbing in your home or business, the process usually takes a few hours. Once completed, our plumbers will provide a comprehensive report detailing our findings and recommendations for any corrective actions that may include repairs, maintenance, or replacement.

Why Choose Whipple Service Champions?

Our plumbers undergo extensive training every year, and we guarantee that we maintain the up-to-date expertise required to effectively service your plumbing systems. Our thorough background checks, drug testing, and screening ensure the safety and reliability of every technician.

When you choose Whipple Service Champions to install, maintain, or repair your plumbing, you’ll always enjoy upfront pricing, emergency service, rock-solid warranties, financing options, and more.

When you need reliable backflow testing in Salt Lake City, contact Whipple Service Champions to schedule a service.

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