Backflow Test Kit Calibration & Certification

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irritation, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    For those of us that do backflow testing we are required to have our test kits certified every year. I've been using Gage-It the last few years and never had a problem.

    I was just wondering who you use and what your source for outdoor backflow tags are?
  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a nice website they have. Worth saving. :)
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  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can calibrate a differential gauge with a water column. However, that doesn't give it street cred.
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. eludemann

    eludemann LawnSite Member
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    I got my tags from a website called ""
    I had my company name, my name and lic. # put on them, you write in the device info, on the back is room for at least 10 dates and initials for testing.

    I haven't had my kit calibrated yet, there is a company close to me that I may use, though I've heard it's not cheap.
  6. 1idejim

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  7. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My work is sending me to back flow testing school this year.
  8. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    What is back flow?
  9. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    We use a local company to certify out backflow devices called Labtronix. They basically repair and certify all types of testing equipment. If we have one local, I would guess most areas would also have a company rather than shipping the units out.

    Shipping them is a pain in the a$$ and take times. We take 3 units in and then the other 3 once the first are ready which is normally only a couple days. Makes it simple and very convenient to have all calibrated on the same schedule.

    Best prices we have found and they are fast.
  10. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    I have 3 test kits now. All mid-west 830's

    Im getting ready to sell one on Ebay if anyone is interested, PM me
    I just sold one two weeks ago to a fellow in Canada.

    Specialty Valve in Charlotte NC is who services our test kits in NC

    $96.00 including shipping for the annual recertification.

    That price can more than double if them deem the kit needs repair... Stuck needle valve - a leak or what not...

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