What to charge for testing backflow devices

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mikegyver, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would rather test a 6" device than one of those. The larger ones will flow debris through more than the dinky ones.
     
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    All the 1/2 rpz's I deal with are for Boiler systems, radiated floor heating and pool refills. They suck because they are always tucked away in some crazy plumbing in a small room. repairing these suckers are even harder and require me to bend my body in ways I didn't know I could
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    We used to test fire lines, but gave up because of the screwing around with various agencies ( Fire Dept., City, Alarm Co., etc.) cost us too much time in scheduling to make the tests profitable. We had one area where the Fire Dept. had to bring down a pumper to the site while we tested.
     
  4. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I get tired of waiting for someone to give me access to the device.:cry:
     
  5. the irrigator

    the irrigator LawnSite Member
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    I believe in Sufolk County, NY you now have to be a licensed Master Plumber to do backflow testing. That cuts out a lot of the irrigation guys who have Restricted Plumbing licenses.
     
  6. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I do not test backflows, but in Texas I would charge way more for the DC's because of working under ground and digging around it if it's covered in mud. The RP's should be way easier to get to. I think the ones in my area usually charge 80-120.
     
  7. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    A shop vac solves the digging and mud issue.
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  8. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    If you have to dig in mud to get to the test cocks, it's not installed correctly and you should fail it and refuse to retest it until the installation has been corrected. If they get someone else to test it that's willing to deal with that crap, let them have the hassles and the liability of passing an incorrectly installed device.
     
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    When new they should be neat and clean, but after that they start building up with crud.
     
  10. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    Not if it's installed correctly. If you dig a hole large and deep enough, line the bottom with landscaping fabric and 6" of pea gravel and fold the fabric up around the sides of the box when you backfill, this won't happen.
     

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