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Who tests backflow preventers?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mike Leary, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,595

    Is this a part of your business?
     
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,013

    I would do it if anyone would pay me for it but it's not enforced here, at least for irrigation.
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  3. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    yes, it turns out a good chunk of change for my pocket.

    testing about 400 or so a yr.

    residentials are due every other yr. commercial yearly
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,595

    It should be, the Clean Water Act mandates it. Call your purveyor and the State Dept. of Water Quality and kick some butt.
     
  5. zman9119

    zman9119 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 742

    Would love to but our P.O.S. State will not let use "uninitiated" persons do it...

    Oh well, our irrigation law expired in Jan 2013 so we all might be out of business unless your a lic plumber.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,595

    Is that Illinois? What a stupid-ass deal that is. I attended a lot of backflow meetings up north and realized what a huge lobby the plumbers had; we had zip.
     
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,758

    Havta re license this winter to be up to procedures for the 10th edition
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  8. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,013

    I don't have to. I work closely with a plumber/tester who's passion is backflow. He works real hard to make sure everything he works on is up to code and tries to educate everyone who is working with water mains on how to protect their customers and the public.

    Watch for a new thread I will be making later. I did a sub job for said plumber today replacing a mickey mouse backflow setup at a mall.
     
  9. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,045

    Most of the people I know that are licensed to test backflows say that it costs more to maintain their license than what they actually make testing them.
     
  10. S.O.Contracting

    S.O.Contracting LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Everything gets tested every year and we are RPZ only. Still have a few PVB in service but if they break they have to be replaced with an RPZ.
     

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