Backflow Testing

What is the Law on Backflow testing in Pittsburgh?

In Pittsburgh, residential and commercial buildings are required to install a backflow prevention device to help prevent water pollution or contaminated water due to backflow.

Backflow prevention does not stop after installation of the device.  An annual test must be passed in commercial and multi residential buildings in order to guarantee your water is safe to drink.

If the building owner does not meet the requirements, their water may be discontinued.  Water will only be turned back on once the tests are returned with satisfactory results.


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Have you ever wondered if your water supply was contaminated or polluted?

You need to have your backflow device inspected annually to ensure the quality of your water supply, as well as your neighbors.  Bill Helmken Plumbing LLC offers professional testing and is certified to provide this service for residents throughout the Pittsburgh, PA area.

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How does Backflow Testing work?

Backflow Testing is determined by using the backflow valve to check for high or low pressure using a gauge.  If the valve is loose, there is a risk of backflow.  Backflow in your water supply can flow into the larger community and result as a public health risk.

backflow test in progress

What's the Source of Backflow?

Backflow refers to the reversed flow of water into potable (safe) water supply.  When the non-potable (not safe) water mixes with the potable water, this is referred to as backflow.  Backflow can cause unpleasant odors and illness.

Backflow of water into your drinking water can be the result of loss of pressure in the water supply.  Contaminated water can be cause by pet wastes, sewage, fertilizers, pesticides, heavy metals, cleaning materials, etc.

The most common type of backflow is Backsiphonage, which is caused by a sudden loss of pressure.  One example to cause this could be a broken water main pipe.  Also, if a nearby fire hydrant has been used, backsiphonage could occur.

As long as your pluming systems are maintained according to code, this should not be a problem.

If you are living in the Pittsburgh, PA area and you are concerned about checking the maintenance of your plumbing, then feel free to give us a call today at 412-897-4210. 

We have over 29 years of experience in the local Pittsburgh area and we can guarantee you a safe water supply for you and your family.

Serving Pittsburgh Since 2004