New England Commercial Backflow Preventer Services
In most business settings, sprinkler systems are a fundamental firefighting tool. To prevent this toxic water from flowing backward and entering the municipal water supply, you might need to install a backflow preventer to remain code-compliant. Not only that, but the NFPA requires backflow preventer testing annually.
Fire Protection Team is experienced with backflow prevention. Whether you need a system installed, inspected, tested or repaired, we’re the right company for the job. We have decades in business in the fire safety industry, so you know we have the right team, equipment and know-how to do the work.
Backflow Preventer Inspections & Testing
As with all mechanical devices, backflow preventers can malfunction. To help prevent this from happening, count on FPT for routine inspections and testing for your backflow preventer. Our expert staff stays up to date with the latest code changes so you don’t have to.
We make sure the following points are true at the completion of a backflow preventer inspection and test:
- All backflow devices are working properly.
- There are no site conditions that could compromise the performance of the backflow prevention system.
- The control valves are accessible and in good condition.
- The equipment passes the annual performance differential test in accordance with NFPA 25.
- The customer is familiar with how the equipment operates.
- All devices are tagged and records are updated as required.
After each inspection, we provide you with a detailed written report of our findings, complete with recommendations to repair or modify your backflow preventer, if necessary. You can access this information on our convenient Customer Portal.
Backflow Preventer Installation
Backflow is the reverse flow of liquids, gases or suspended solids in a plumbing system. With the use of check valves, air inlets and pressure relief valves, a backflow preventer in a fire suppression system prevents pressurized and potentially contaminated water from flowing into the public water supply.
Not all fire sprinkler systems require a backflow preventer. You only need this feature if there isn’t sufficient clearance to install an air gap or if pressurized operation rules out the use of an air gap.
If you’re not sure about your backflow prevention needs, Fire Protection Team can help you sort out the codes and regulations. Then, we can design and install a backflow preventer to meet your needs.
Backflow Preventer Repair
Most problems with your backflow system should come to your attention during routine inspections and testing. However, if you notice your device leaking or experiencing other problems, call Fire Protection Team right away. We’ll perform the necessary fix to get your equipment working properly again.
Backflow Preventer FAQS
The type of backflow preventer needed and the complexity of the installation are two variables that can affect how much it will cost to install a backflow preventer. A few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars may be spent. To get a precise estimate for your situation, it is best to speak with a certified plumber or backflow prevention specialist. To make sure the backflow preventer is functioning correctly and continues to be in compliance with local regulations, there may be additional costs for annual testing and maintenance in addition to the installation fee. However, by preventing contaminated water from entering your home or business, purchasing a backflow preventer may save you money in the long run.
A licensed plumber or a backflow prevention specialist can install a backflow preventer. It's important to ensure that the installer is certified and has experience with the specific type of backflow preventer required for your property.
The lifespan of a backflow device can vary depending on the type of device, the manufacturer, and the quality of installation and maintenance. Generally, a well-maintained backflow preventer can last anywhere from 5 to 25 years. It's important to have regular testing and maintenance performed by a licensed professional to ensure the backflow preventer is functioning properly and to identify any potential issues before they become major problems. Ultimately, the lifespan of a backflow preventer will depend on several factors and can be extended with proper care and maintenance.