Why You Need a Fire Sprinkler Backflow Inspection

Backflow is a serious concern for any business as it can cause a number of issues with the municipal supply of drinking water (potable water). This occurs when water flows in the opposite directions in pipes containing water like, fire sprinkler systems. Properly inspecting and maintaining a backflow preventer assembly is critical to maintaining your peace of mind and your local water supply.

How to Avoid Backflow?

To prevent backflow, an backflow preventer assembly is installed between the city water supply and the water piping system such as a fire sprinkler system for a building.

Without regular maintenance, a backflow prevention assembly can become compromised and start to leak water back into the city’s water supply. This can happen from a variety of reasons, but the most common is from debris or sediment (that is naturally in water) getting inside of the backflow preventer. A leaking backflow preventer not only threatens the safety of water, but can also cause the fire sprinkler system not to have enough water to function correctly when needed.

A backflow inspection is required at least annually as established by the NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.

As stated, it is required that inspections be performed at least annually but a backflow prevention assemblies are inspected when installed, modified, or repaired. Most states and municipalities have their own laws and regulations about backflow inspections, but it is always best to be on the safe side and have it inspected annually.

In North Texas and Oklahoma, are no exception and iProtection Systems will be happy to handle all of the required inspections and paperwork for backflow testing, and maintenance for your business. It’s best to add backflow inspections to your calendar as they should be part of ongoing building maintenance to keep it and you safe and secure.

To have an iProtection Systems fire professional conduct inspection and testing services on your backflow assembly call 972-484-7722 or or request a backflow service or inspection on our site.

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