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Old 06-26-2014, 07:46 PM
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Backflow testing

Is there a way to test the check valves on backflows without the $800 pressure testing kit. In the area that I work In the city will test the backflows and I get a couple calls a week for check valves not holding pressure so I replace the necessary things. But I had one yesterday that I did not find why it was not passing so I went ahead and put it new gaskets, seats etc.... But I left unsure if that was going to fix the problem and I that didn't feel right. 90% of backflows I deal with are Wilkins 975
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:55 PM
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Is there a way to test the check valves on backflows without the $800 pressure testing kit. In the area that I work In the city will test the backflows and I get a couple calls a week for check valves not holding pressure so I replace the necessary things. But I had one yesterday that I did not find why it was not passing so I went ahead and put it new gaskets, seats etc.... But I left unsure if that was going to fix the problem and I that didn't feel right. 90% of backflows I deal with are Wilkins 975
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You shouldn't really be repairing backflow preventers unless you are certified to do so. Owing the proper test equipment and knowing how to properly operate it and being certified to use it is 100% required. You mess something up and you could potentially make a lot of people sick and open yourself up to a huge liability.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:57 PM
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I guess I'll be getting certified next week. I paid for the class this winter and kept rescheduling but I see your point
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:02 PM
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You shouldn't really be repairing backflow preventers unless you are certified to do so. Owing the proper test equipment and knowing how to properly operate it and being certified to use it is 100% required. You mess something up and you could potentially make a lot of people sick and open yourself up to a huge liability.
What he said.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:05 PM
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If our customers here had to wait for certified backflow testers to repair them, nothing would get fixed. Too few certified, too little oversight, too many devices damaged in cold weather climate. Repair parts are sold at HD and Lowes for crying out loud.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:14 PM
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If our customers here had to wait for certified backflow testers to repair them, nothing would get fixed. Too few certified, too little oversight, too many devices damaged in cold weather climate. Repair parts are sold at HD and Lowes for crying out loud.
I'm surprised you haven't got in to backflow testing, there is easy money to made if you have a large clientele. Colorado Springs needs to start enforcing.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:24 PM
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I'm surprised you haven't got in to backflow testing, there is easy money to made if you have a large clientele. Colorado Springs needs to start enforcing.
It's hard to get someone to pay for a test that no one is going to check if you had it done. It is the same here.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:36 PM
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It's enforced here and all my customers know it and expect the extra charge. Once you're certified you can tell them it's required by law.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:42 PM
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Once you're certified you can tell them it's required by law.
That's true but you shouldn't have to, the purveyor should be constantly be making them aware of their requirements. They have the opportunity on every billing statement.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:45 AM
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You get tight with the purveyor and backflow becomes a big part of your business.
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