Backflow Inspections for Fire Sprinklers

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 and properly inspected and tested by certified professionals as your city requires. iProtection Systems can ensure you are meeting city standards for both installation and routine testing.

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Why Backflow Inspections are Important

What is fire sprinkler backflow?

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 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.

Is backflow from fire sprinklers dangerous?

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 it’s been stagnant, it can pose a significant risk if backflow into the city’s drinking water supply occurs.

What prevents backflow from fire sprinklers?

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. 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.

Do I need to have my backflow preventer inspected?

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.

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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 a fire sprinkler backflow inspection.