Backflow Preventers in Charleston, SC
Backflow prevention is necessary any time there is the possibility for a property’s water to flow back into the public supply. In Charleston, if you do not have a backflow preventer or have not had it routinely tested, you could be facing serious safety and compliance risks!
As a leader in the fire protection industry, our team at Unifour Fire & Safety helps commercial properties protect the water supply and keep federal and state compliance with our backflow testing, maintenance, and installation services.
Need a backflow preventer installed or tested in Charleston? Our skilled technicians can test or install your backflow preventer to protect your Charleston area business. Contact us today!
What Is a Backflow Preventer?
Backflow is the reversal of the flow of a liquid, gas, or suspended solid. A backflow preventer is a mechanical device with check valves, air inlets, and relief valves installed on water piping to prevent pressurized water from flowing back from a sectioned system into the public water supply.
Backflow can occur if a building’s plumbing system has higher water pressure than the public water supply. This creates backpressure that can lead to water from the private plumbing system to enter the city’s water.
How Does a Backflow Prevention Device Work?
Without a backflow preventer, water can flow backward into the piping and contaminate your municipality’s water—which is not something you want to happen! Specialized backflow preventer valves are used where there is not the necessary clearance or space to install an air gap, or when pressurized operation or other factors rule out use of an air gap.
Do I Need a Backflow Preventer?
In Charleston, backflow preventers are needed in any instance where there is the potential for water backflow.
Most commercial properties will need a backflow prevention system in place. Some of the commercial buildings that need backflow preventers in Charleston include:
- Dry cleaners
- Industrial centers that have toxins, chemicals, or waste
- Medical offices
- Swimming pools
- Car washes
- Commercial buildings that are three stories or higher
- Any commercial space with a dedicated fire service line or fire sprinkler system
Do you need a backflow preventer at your Charleston commercial property? Contact us online today to get a free quote!
Backflow Preventer Installation in Charleston
To protect our drinking water and comply with state and federal laws, you need your backflow preventers strategically installed. We have completed the backflow preventer installations throughout the Charleston area for many years, and will install your backflow preventer properly and safely.
Contact us today if you need backflow preventer installation at your Charleston commercial property, industrial center, hospital, or apartment community.
Charleston Backflow Preventer Inspection & Testing
In addition to having a backflow prevention system installed at your commercial property, backflow preventers needs to be inspected on a routine basis. This is a requirement by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and by the city of Charleston.
Your Charleston tester must be a third-party certified Backflow Tester approved by the city. In addition to our fire sprinkler contractor license, Unifour holds a plumbing license in South Carolina and is an approved backflow tester in Charleston. We’re trained and certified to test and repair applicable devices, assemblies, and systems throughout the Charleston area.
What is a Backflow Preventer Test?
During a backflow preventer test, water is put through the device to make sure that check valves close and/or relief valves open. Since backflow preventers are mechanical devices with metal, plastic, and rubber parts that are under constant water pressure, they do have parts that will fail and need replacement or repair.
In some cases, full replacement of the device or assembly will be necessary to uphold the integrity of our water supply.
Our team at Unifour Fire & Safety can inspect, and test the backflow preventers at your Charleston property. Call us today at 866-511-5540!
Schedule Backflow Preventer Services in Charleston, SC
Whether you need to install backflow preventers in your commercial property or schedule routine maintenance or testing, Unifour Fire & Safety is the company you can count on.
For decades your neighbors in South Carolina have relied on our fire protection services and backflow preventer testing to keep their properties safe.
Our knowledgeable fire safety professionals specialize in all aspects of fire protection, including:
- Fire sprinkler systems
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire alarm systems
- Commercial kitchen fire suppression
- Fire hydrants
- Emergency lighting