Registered Backflow Tester

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NC_Irrigator, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

    Just curious if anyone on here is a licensed tester besides me. I use a Mid-West 830 & A Watts TK-99D

    My hometown <wilson> has a program that sends out letters to homeowners & businesses / fire systems yearly.

    I usually do one or two a day.
     
  2. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Received my certification three years ago.

    Best week of schooling I ever invested in. Within three months, I had financed my school cost and the cost of the test kit.

    Our local water purveyors also send out letters with a list of certified testers at the bottom.

    It has been very lucrative for me. I figured why should I pay someone else to certify the device I just installed when I could take home the profit for 90 seconds of testing!

    Just a note- in Missouri, RP's and Double checks are the only approved devices for irrigaiton systems.
     
  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    I have been thinking of adding this service for a while now. What are the requirements and where do I go for certification in NC?
     
  4. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

    I cant agree more. Best investment yet for being in the irrigation business. I no longer have to pay big bucks to have someone else set my backflows and test them. Wilson requires RP's on new installs i like the 975xl's and the 825Y's both good products and easy to service. Most old systems here have DC's. I subscribe to Drinking Water and Backflow Prevention Magazine. Very informative on repairs and backflow products etc.
     
  5. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Koster...

    Could you give me the info on that magazine.

    Steve
     
  6. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

  7. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Thanks for the link
     
  8. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

    Our city changed this program for residential irrigation devices to be tested every other year not every year
     
  9. Flatbed

    Flatbed LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 39

    We are required to use RPZ here. I've been Backflow Certified four years. What do most of you charge for a backflow test? Around here it varies from $50-85. Most cities around here send out letters to have them tested.
     
  10. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 829

    I saw a plumbing van today that had backflow testing painted on the truck...

    I called them and asked how much to test my backflow.... $125

    I don't know for sure in MI, but I think you have to be a journeyman plumber or something to test backflows... bummer
     

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