Kansas City Backflow Preventer Testing Services

IDL Company’s commercial and residential backflow preventer testing  services are considered by most as the best in Kansas City.

What is Backflow Preventer Testing?

If you have a sprinkler system, are considering having one installed, or have recently bought a home that has one, you’ve probably heard of backflow prevention. Even those that have had sprinkler systems for years may still be unsure of what exactly backflow prevention is, and why you need periodic backflow preventer testing. We’re going to take a look at what it is & why it’s important for you, how & why testing is needed, how that testing is done and what can happen if it’s not done properly.

Why It’s Important For Your Irrigation System

Backflow preventer testing is where a certified backflow technician will perform an evaluation of the important components of your backflow preventer equipment. Backflow preventers are specialized devices that are part of a sprinkler or irrigation system that allows water to move in the right direction while stopping water from moving backward through the system. This is crucial to a responsible and properly functioning irrigation system to prevent potentially contaminated and dangerous water from reentering the community water supply.

Your irrigation system may have multiple backflow preventers, depending on how large and complex the system is. They are frequently located in places that allow backflow control for entire sections of the irrigation system, particularly in areas where high amounts of fertilizer or even manure may be used.

These fertilizers and other chemical agents can pose serious health risks to the community at large if they enter the supply of potable water. This can also prevent these hazardous agents from entering the local water table, streams, rivers, and even the ocean. In most cases, the fertilizer you use for your landscaping will be utilized by the things growing there, and the rest will be deposited in the soil. However, if your backflow preventers aren’t working as intended, these contaminants can reenter the environment in locations that may be sensitive to them.

How Is Backflow Preventer Testing Performed?

There are several different types of backflow preventers, and which types are present in your irrigation system will determine how your irrigation professionals will need to test them. In general terms, a technician that is certified in backflow preventer testing will operate the valves on the devices to ensure that there is no water movement in the wrong direction. Depending on the irrigation system and smart sensors that are present, they may use conventional methods of gauging water movement, or they may use specialized equipment to measure flow direction and pressure.

One backflow testing procedure will have the technician connect two hoses from a tester to the backflow preventer, with one hose on each side of the valve connected to specific inlet & outlet connections. Then the tester will apply pressure to the outlet side of the valve while the other side will determine if there is any backflow happening. This will not only tell them how much backflow is happening, but if the valve is allowing backflow it will tell them exactly how severe the problem is.

What Can Happen If Backflow Preventer Testing Isn’t Done Or Is Done Incorrectly

All residents of the Kansas City area are required to have backflow preventers on their irrigation systems, and they are required to keep their inspections up to date. The Kansas City Code dictates that all backflow devices installed receive an annual test period and inspection by a certified backflow technician. This is required not only on all lawn irrigation systems but on fire protection systems and other water service lines that are connected to the main distribution system for the city. These backflow preventers must not only be kept in yearly compliance but each one is required to be registered with the city.

Failure to properly register and inspect a backflow preventer can result in significant fines and expenses for the homeowner. 

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Contact us online or give us a call and talk to a real person! We listen to your needs and goals and schedule service immediately, or schedule a free consultation for a new landscape lighting or irrigation system project!

After we meet with you in person, we will follow up shortly with an estimate or a detailed proposal depending on your project or the services you need.  We will be very clear about our pricing and the scope of work to be performed.

We take pride in saying what we will do, and then actually doing what we said.  We may not be perfect every single time, we always do it right or make it right.  You will see in our reviews that we stand by our products, our services and our work.

Once we complete the work, you can relax knowing that you have received Kansas City's most professional installation services and top of the line irrigation and landscape lighting products.  We will be here to provide the service and maintenance you need on these systems to give you long lasting enjoyment for years to come.

Contact us online or give us a call and talk to a real person! We listen to your needs and goals and schedule service immediately, or schedule a free consultation for a new landscape lighting or irrigation system project!

After we meet with you in person, we will follow up shortly with an estimate or a detailed proposal depending on your project or the services you need.  We will be very clear about our pricing and the scope of work to be performed.

We take pride in saying what we will do, and then actually doing what we said.  We may not be perfect every single time, we always do it right or make it right.  You will see in our reviews that we stand by our products, our services and our work.

Once we complete the work, you can relax knowing that you have received Kansas City's most professional installation services and top of the line irrigation and landscape lighting products.  We will be here to provide the service and maintenance you need on these systems to give you long lasting enjoyment for years to come.

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