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What to charge for testing backflow devices

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

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    What should I be charging to test a backflow device? We don't have many PVBs around here, mainly RPs and DCs. I was thinking 100.00 per inch of diameter on RPs or DCs. Or is that too high? I realize this can vary depending on what state/region you are in. I need to test one at a dentist's office this week. The guy that used to do it was charging like 75.00 or 80.00.
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,009

    $100 an inch sounds resonable.
  3. GrunderIrri

    GrunderIrri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    most plumbers in my area(you have to be a licensed plumber)charge 85 - 115
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    This place must have an RP (since its medical related) and I'm assuming its a 1" and I'm thinking she told me the guy that used to do it charged 75.00. I told her for this time I'd come pretty close to his price but next year it will be 100.00 a inch.
  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,445

    In small town pricing ive seen low ballers that are testers "by hobby" that test at 60 to 70 bucks.

    Normal professional prices are 75 - 85 to 125 up to 2" beyond 2" is usually by the inch for fire lines etc.
    you better have ALOT of insurance when testing firelines, ive thought 3 million in insuracnce and an umbrella would be a good start....

    I usually try to get 85 to 95 per valve 2" or less. Thats if were doing the irrigation maintenace on the site. I'll also always try to round up and other valves that are associated with that site and test them as well to increase revenue. If i have to travel to test just one valve i charge accordingly
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,603

    price by the inch? - no way, what with some 1/2-inch devices out there
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,009

    I dont beleive ive ever seen a 1/2 in that I didnt rip off and replace.
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,603

    Why? They're out of the mainstream, but at $200 and up for the little RPZs, it doesn't hurt to possess repair capability.
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,009

    Because selling a BF that I payed $56 for for $156 is one of the reasons I chose this industry.
  10. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Let's see.... I just recieved the invoice from the tester for one of my commercial properties that I own. It looks like I paid $50 each for seven 1" RP devices and $60 for the big 8" double check fire supply and another $60 for the bypass on that 8" device. I paid a total of $470 for testing 9 devices. This guy is one of the bigger testing companies in So. Cal. he has 4 or 5 guys in trucks testing devices all day long so his prices may be a little lower than others

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