Backflow Preventer Sprinkler System and Testing Requirements

Backflow Preventer Sprinkler System and Testing Requirements

Backflow testing technicians that work for an experienced fire equipment company will have the necessary training and education in the testing field in order to properly address any issues you may have with your backflow preventer sprinkler system.

Definition of Backflow

Backflow itself is defined as the unintended flow of water in the reverse direction from its normal directional flow within the water system. The result of this reverse flow can be the introduction of contamination or pollution in the water system from other unwanted substances because of cross connection. In other words, when bad water mixes with good water, you have backflow incident that needs addressed urgently.

Backflow Prevention Devices

A mechanical device referred to as a backflow prevention device is designed to thwart the cross connection of substances that can contaminate or pollute a water supply when a condition of backflow occurs.

Sprinklers Systems and Backflow Protection

Sprinkler system installation requirements are contained within the National Are Protection Association NFPA 13 Standard. Fire protection systems are designed to handle the hazards present in the various locations in which they are installed. The contents and hazards associated with a particular building may be different from another location. Therefore, a fire protection system, including one that has a backflow preventer sprinkler system, must be installed in a manner that meets the design and installation requirements of the specific hazard at hand.

Annual Testing

A backflow preventer device is a mechanical device that has the potential to fail. If a backflow prevention devices not routinely tested, failure of that device could allow a backflow event to contaminate the water supply, and us the occupancy use that supply. Yearly testing can reveal how the backflow device will operate if a backflow situation occurs.

Cross-Connection Control Program

A particular program has been established referred to as the Cross- Connection Control Program (CCCP) in order to help ensure that a clean, safe drinking water system is available to employees, neighbors, and visitors which is free from groundwater supply contamination. OSHA, public health agencies, and other environmental agencies currently regulate plumbing cross connections. These are defined as potential or actual connections between non-potable (non-drinkable) and potable (drinkable) water supply.

For more information about how you could have a properly and efficiently functioning backflow preventer sprinkler system, along with backflow testing services for the this system, contact an experienced fire protection company serving your area today.

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