What Is Backflow Assembly Testing and Why Do I Need It?
Your backflow assembly is a key component of your irrigation system. The water your irrigation system uses is the same water you use to drink, bathe, and more. The backflow assembly is a device that prevents standing water either in your lawn or surrounding your sprinkler heads from flowing backward into your home's water supply. In addition to being a potential health risk, Virginia state law requires annual backflow assembly testing to ensure that your backflow assembly works properly and that the integrity of your home and community's water supply are protected.
How Often Do I Need My Backflow Assembly Tested?
State law requires that you test your assembly at least once a year. If you do not have a current inspection on file you can be subject to fines. Counties may also impose their own fines. Inspections must be conducted by a licensed inspector. In light of the financial difficulties that state and local government are experiencing, this law is being more stringently enforced and some counties are stepping up the requirements. Chesterfield County in particular has its own set of laws governing backflow assembly testing and has set up its own schedule of fines in addition to state laws.
How Can Richmond Irrigation Help?
We have certified inspectors who can test your backflow assembly to ensure that it is working properly and that your system is up to code, meet your annual requirement and avoid any fines stemming from improper maintenance of your backflow assembly. All this can be done during one of our routine spring startup or winterization visits. To learn more about backflow assembly inspections, schedule an appointment for an inspection, or to learn about our irrigation solutions, contact us.