​Porter Backflow Testing

Backflow Testing

A couple of things to note before we get fully started on what our backflow testing services look like. First, we have to get to what is backflow. Backflow is when water reverses flow within a water supply system. What this typically means is that “dirty” water may be flowing into the clean water stream or in even in worst case scenarios back into your home. Backflow tests are required by local and state authorities in most places and they need to be performed around once a year! Now that you know that then let’s get to what our service actually includes. Let us inform you that we also provide sprinkler installation, sprinkler repair, irrigation and mosquito control services.


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State Approval   

As we’ve mentioned backflow testing is required by the state authorities. If you are thinking to yourself I’ve gone my whole life without doing this service. This may be because some states limit this requirement almost exclusively to commercial buildings. Still, some private residencies may need to get this system checked annually. Outside of it being required by the law, you may actually want to do perform a backflow test. It usually takes less than ten minutes and it can tell you a lot about your entire plumbing system. So it’s a win-win for both sides. 

Why We Perform Backflow Testing

We actually started performing these tests prior to installing sprinklers in any place. We do this for two main reasons. To make sure that your home can provide enough water pressure to handle the sprinkler system that is going to be installed and also to make sure that this water is mostly clean. The last thing that we would want to do is to set up a sprinkler system that sprays dirty water. Imagine what kind of problems that could potentially bring. So basically you can kill two birds with one stone by installing a new sprinkler system.

What Happens If I Don’t Pass The Test? 

Like any test, there is always that looming fear of failure literally! If you don’t “pass” the test we will obviously put off the sprinkler installation until we can run some more tests to asses the situation. In these cases, we usually recommend a plumbing service as this backflow could be affecting other areas of your home and it needs to be taken care of before pretty much anything else. If you haven’t been experiencing any water flow problems though, the chances of not passing the test are usually slim.

Backflow Testing After Sprinkler Installations

We perform a backflow test prior to every sprinkler installation. As we’ve said it really does not take that much time and it can really help us prevent many issues down the line. That doesn’t mean that you may never experience a backflow problem. If you start noticing awkward smells or issues in other areas of your home you may have developed a backflow issue. We can come in and give your home a quick check to help determine what the issue may be.