Certified Backflow Inspector

Matt’s TURF is also a Certified Backflow Inspector.


Backflow is a term in plumbing for an unwanted flow of water in the reverse direction. It can be a serious health risk for the contamination of potable water supplies with foul water/contaminants.  For this reason, building codes mandate a series of measures and backflow prevention devices to prevent backflow. Over time the parts could break down in these devices and it needs to be tested once a year to ensure everything is functioning correctly. You don’t want to experience the possible health hazard caused by a broken backflow. This is why having an annual inspection of your backflow is required by most municipalities to ensure that all parts are working correctly and our drinking water is properly protected.

What does a Backflow Inspection involve?

The backflow test is fairly simple. Every testable backflow device has test ports built into it to allow yearly testing. A backflow inspector will connect a test kit to the device and verify proper operations, make repairs if needed, then re-test. After a passing test, the backflow inspector will file the results with the local water municipality.

Do I need to be home when you come to do Backflow Test?

If your device is outside, and the water is on, then the answer is no. Just leave us the backflow paperwork you received from the Health Dept or City and we’ll do everything else. Simple.

If your device is inside, then someone will need to be home to let us in. Most arrivals are within 10 minutes of scheduled appointment time so you don’t have to waste the whole day waiting.

What is a Certified Backflow Inspector?

To become a Certified Backflow Inspector, an individual must attend a week long/40 hour class that consists of the history, importance of backflow prevention and troubleshooting of back flow devices.  At the end of the class, the individual must pass an extensive test that consists of hands on troubleshooting, an exam on backflow prevention procedures and devices such as (DC) double check valve assemblies, (RP) reduced pressure principle backflow prevention devices,  (PVB) pressure vacuum breakers, and (SVB) spill resistant pressure vacuum breakers.  Once certified, continual education credits are required every two years to remain an active inspector.   Call Matt’s TURF today to schedule your annual backflow inspection.

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