Backflow Preventer Repair Services in Seattle, WA
Part of practicing fire safety means protecting the integrity and accessibility of your water supply. Without a backflow preventer in place, businesses can inadvertently contaminate their municipality’s water supply. Not only are backflow preventers necessary for protecting against water contamination, but their routine inspection and repair is mandated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Performance Systems Integration provides the expert backflow preventer repair services you need to remain in compliance with NFPA guidelines.
Contact our team today to find out more about backflow preventer requirements and repair services for your Seattle business.
What Is Backflow & Why Is Backflow Prevention Necessary?
Backflow occurs when the flow of liquid or gas is reversed, causing contaminated water to flow backward into your municipality’s water supply. A backflow preventer is a device installed in your piping system to prevent this from taking place. The preventer is equipped with a series of valves and air inlets to keep pressurized water from flowing back into the public water supply and contaminating drinking water.
These systems are required by the NFPA, and are especially important in the following circumstances:
- Necessary clearance/space to install air gap is insufficient
- Pressurized operation prevents use of an air gap
- The business has a water containment area on-site, such as a swimming pool, lawn irrigation system, or fire sprinkler system
- The business operates as an industrial center using toxins, chemicals, or waste
If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re required to have a backflow preventer in place for your commercial business, contact the fire safety technicians at PSI today! Our team will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the protection of your building’s water supply.
Why You Should Let PSI Assist You With Your Portland Backflow Preventer Repair Services
A failing backflow preventer doesn’t just place your drinking water at risk of contamination: It can also prevent water-based fire prevention systems from working properly. When your backflow preventer is on the fritz, you’ll notice the signs immediately, including:
- Discolored, brown, yellow, or pink water
- Foul odor coming from water
- Slow or interrupted water flow
- Visible rust particles or sediment in water supply
- Bad-tasting water
Whether you suspect your system is in need of repair or simply needs a routine inspection, the fire safety technicians at PSI have the skills and expertise necessary to tend to your backflow preventer needs. Using the industry’s most advanced tools and techniques, we’ll ensure your backflow preventer is in proper working condition and fully capable of preventing pressurized water backflow and contamination.
Ready to get started? Contact our team to schedule backflow preventer repair services for your Portland business today!
PSI for Seattle’s Backflow Preventer Repair Services
Keeping your water supply safe is critical, not only in terms of public consumption but also for ensuring the safe functionality of your water-based fire prevention equipment. Whether you suspect repairs are needed or require a routine inspection by a certified professional, PSI has the fire safety technicians available to provide the expert backflow preventer repair and inspection services you need.
Contact us to schedule your backflow preventer repair services and protect your water supply today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Backflow Preventers
How Often Should Backflow Preventers Undergo Testing?
Double-check valve systems should be tested every three years, while reduced pressure zone systems should undergo annual testing. Regular testing and prompt maintenance of backflow preventers can significantly extend the operational life of your system.
Are Special Tools Required for Backflow Preventer Repairs?
While many components are standard, a significant number are custom designed and built by the manufacturer. This requires the use of the manufacturer’s custom-designed tools to perform the repairs. Using the wrong tools can cause considerable damage to the system.
Does Water Need to Be Shut Off During Repairs?
Before repairs can begin, it is almost always necessary to shut the water off and depressurize the system. For this reason, most backflow preventer repairs are scheduled during after-hours periods when the loss of water won’t disrupt regular operations.
Do Repair Technicians Undergo Specialized Training to Repair Backflow Preventers?
Absolutely! Backflow preventers require a high degree of skill and expertise to repair properly. If components are damaged during disassembly or reassembled improperly, the system won’t function correctly. At Performance Systems Integration, our repair teams undergo extensive training on the steps required to properly disassemble, repair, and reassemble the systems we service.
Does Corrosion Affect System Integrity and Performance?
Heavy corrosion can cause a backflow preventer to fail. When we encounter corrosion, we will determine whether the component can be repaired or needs to be replaced. We will not reinstall a corroded component that could cause the system to fail in an emergency.
Contact Performance Systems Integration at 503.641.2222 for more information about backflow preventer repairs and maintenance.