Backflow Inspections2020-10-14T08:47:41-05:00

Backflow Inspections for Fire Sprinklers

iProtection Systems can ensure you are meeting city standards for both installation and routine testing of your building’s fire sprinkler’s backflow prevention system. Call or contact us today to schedule your backflow inspection. It is critical that this component of your fire prevention system is regularly tested to ensure your safety and the safety of the city’s drinking water.

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The Need for a Backflow Prevention System

At some point the water pressure in your building will fluctuate. That’s the simple fact. What happens when that water pressure fluctuates could lead to major issues, if the proper systems are not installed. With a backflow prevention system and regular inspections, you can rest assured that the water in your fire sprinkler system will not pose a greater danger to the city’s drinking water supply. The NFPA sets the standard requirements for sprinkler systems and for the backflow devices used to prevent that water from flowing backwards in the event of lost pressure.

Every building will present challenges for safety of the occupants and the water supply as a whole. A hospital will need a different fire protection system than the retrofitting of an existing warehouse, and the backflow prevention system is no different.

Trust the experts at iProtection Systems can work with your team on retrofitting your existing building or building a new space for your business. We will help navigate you through the design, regulations, inspection, and maintenance process of your commercial fire sprinkler system and the backflow devices used to protect you and our water. Contact us today!

Why Backflow Inspections are Important

Backflow from your fire sprinkler system can cause serious problems for your business and for the surrounding community. It is critical that a backflow preventer be installed, inspected, and tested by certified professionals as your city requires.

Backflow Inspection & Prevention FAQs

When are backflow inspections performed?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

When backflow prevention assemblies are installed, modified, or repaired, they are inspected. If there are no modifications or repairs needed, they should still be inspected at least once a year. Some states and municipalities have different laws and regulations about backflow inspections, but it is always best to be on the safe side.

In North Texas, backflow forms must be filled out with information regarding inspection, testing, and repair to ensure that regulations are followed. This is a common practice across the country. No matter where you are, the local water company will have requirements that need to be met every year, or in some cases multiple times per year. iProtection Systems will be happy to handle all of the required paperwork for backflow inspections, testing, and maintenance for your business. It is never okay to let a backflow inspection date pass by without having your backflow assembly inspected. Backflow inspections are part of ongoing building maintenance and should be included on your calendar to ensure that your building is safe and secure.

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

Why are backflow inspections vital?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

Without inspections and regular maintenance, backflow assemblies can fail. Failure can occur if there is any sediment or corrosion inside the fire sprinklers backflow assemblies. Even a very small piece of debris or grit can damage the backflow assembly. This can lead to water in the sprinkler system leaking back into the city water supply and contaminate to the drinking water. Also, an impaired assembly can prevent a fire safety system from functioning properly. If backflow is occurring, the system will not have enough water to function properly and could be insufficient to contain a fire.

In addition to the problems that backflow could cause, not having a backflow inspection is against the NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. The standard states that the backflow assembly must be tested and inspected at least annually.

Do I need to have my backflow preventer inspected?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

Yes, it is essential and mandated by the State of Texas that backflow preventer inspections occur annually. Backflow prevention systems have of a number of parts, including check valves, springs, and relief valves that must be individually tested. Even if you don’t see any specific issues sediment, particles, and general wear and tear on equipment can lead to failure of a backflow prevention system. During a backflow test, the backflow assembly is pressurized and then each component is isolated and its performance verified and documented.

What prevents backflow from fire sprinklers?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

A backflow preventer is specifically designed to keep the water from your building and fire sprinkler system from traveling the wrong direction—back into the potable water supply. Fire sprinkler backflow preventers for commercial buildings must be installed to prevent this and tested regularly to ensure that water supplies stay safe and pure. It’s important to have an experienced team and licensed inspector oversee the installation or retrofitting to avoid dangerous and costly incidents.

Is backflow from fire sprinklers dangerous?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

Backflow of stagnant water in fire sprinkler systems can be a health hazard because the water inside the sprinkler system can become contaminated over time. Unless there is a fire requiring full activation of the fire sprinkler system, water only flows and is replaced with new water during a sprinkler test, or if a sprinkler line breaks. Depending how long the water in the system has been stagnant, it can pose a significant risk if backflow into the city’s drinking water supply occurs. This is why regular backflow inspections are critical.

What is fire sprinkler backflow?2020-10-14T08:59:29-05:00

Most building water supply systems contain a connection where the water piping system for the potable water supply crosses with a non-potable water supply. All of the building’s water needs—including fire sprinklers, toilets, sinks, and water fountains—all flow in from the city’s main water supply. Backflow occurs when water pressure outside the building drops and non-potable water is able to flow outward, back into the potable water supply, contaminating that water source.

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Request a Backflow Test for Your Fire Sprinklers

Experience and knowledge of industry requirements are critical to testing fire sprinkler systems and for properly installing and maintaining a backflow preventer. Contact us today for more information or to schedule this along with other fire sprinkler services we offer.

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