Backflow Preventers in the Southeast
Our most precious resource is our water. All living things rely on water, and we have a responsibility to protect our water supply to keep it as safe and free from contaminants as possible. As a leader in the fire protection industry, our team at Unifour Fire & Safety does our part in protecting the earth’s water supply through the testing, maintenance, and installation of backflow prevention systems. To test lawn irrigation, pool, fire, and domestic containment, Unifour Fire & Safety also holds a plumbing license in your state in addition to our fire sprinkler contractor license so that we can test and repair applicable devices, assemblies, and systems.
If your backflow preventers need inspecting, call the fire protection specialists at Unifour Fire & Safety today! Our skilled technicians will test your backflow prevention system to ensure it is equipped to protect your business should an unexpected fire ignite!
What Is a Backflow Preventer?
Backflow is the reversal of the flow of a liquid, gas, or suspended solids. 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. Without one, water can flow backward into the piping and contaminate your municipality’s water—which is not something you want to do! Specialized backflow preventer valves are used where the necessary clearance or space isn’t available to install an air gap or when a pressurized operation or other factors rule out the use of an air gap. Areas where water needs to be contained include swimming pools, lawn irrigation, fire sprinkler systems, or industrial centers that use toxins, chemicals, or waste.
At Unifour Fire & Safety, we are experts in testing, maintaining, and installing backflow preventers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Call us at 866-511-5540866-511-5540!
Backflow Preventer Installation in the Southeast
Providing Fire Protection Services in North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia
When protecting our drinking water, you need backflow preventers strategically installed to offer that protection. Let our team of highly trained technicians install the mechanical device that creates a physical barrier to prevent water from flowing back. We have been installing backflow preventers throughout the Southeast, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, for many years. You can count on Unifour Fire & Safety to successfully install your backflow preventers the first time, every time.
Contact Unifour Fire & Safety if you’re interested in installing backflow preventers on your commercial property, industrial center, hospital, or apartment community.
Backflow Preventer Inspection & Testing
A backflow preventer needs to be inspected on a routine basis. This isn’t just a suggestion but a requirement by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and your local municipality. All testers must be licensed and certified through a state-, county-, or city-approved agency.
During this test, water is manipulated through the device to ensure that check valves close and/or relief valves open. Since backflow preventers are mechanical devices with metal, plastic, and rubber parts 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.
Routine backflow preventer testing is crucial to protect drinking water from becoming contaminated. Our team at Unifour Fire & Safety can install, inspect, or test your backflow preventers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia—call us today at 866-511-5540866-511-5540!
Contact Us Today for Backflow Preventer Services
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. Since 1984, your neighbors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia 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
- Backflow preventers
- Fire hydrants
- Emergency lighting
If you’re interested in any of our fire protection or backflow preventer services in the Southeast, contact Unifour Fire & Safety today!
Backflow Preventer FAQs
How long does a backflow preventer last?
As a general rule, you should expect your backflow preventer to need to be rebuilt or replaced every five years or so, but this can vary significantly depending on the product you have installed, how often you have maintenance performed, what kind of maintenance and testing you have performed, etc.
What should I do if inspection or testing identifies a problem?
Once we’ve identified a problem, we’ll also suggest a solution. Depending on what precisely is wrong with your backflow preventer, this might mean minor servicing adjustments, replacing certain components, or the total replacement of your backflow preventer. In some cases, our inspection and/or testing might suggest a more fundamental problem with how your backflow preventer is installed, and a simple swap to a similar model won’t resolve the issue—we’ll make sure you understand your options and what’s necessary to get things back to normal.
What are the signs of a problem with my backflow preventer?
Problems with a backflow preventer can be almost undetectable without testing or immediately obvious, depending on the problem you’re having and where the backflow preventer is installed. The failure of a backflow device can result in discolored, smelly, or sediment-filled water coming from your taps, it might result in slowed or stopped water flow, or it could affect the way water drains in your home. Remember, contamination of your water—when it’s not mere rust or hard water—should be treated as an emergency and handled immediately.
Should I be performing some sort of maintenance on my backflow preventer?
Unless you have appropriate technical expertise, leave backflow preventer inspections and testing to a professional. This is a device where even minor mistakes could result in the direct contamination of water, with all the risks to health and plumbing that entails. The best thing you can personally do for your backflow preventer is to keep up with its inspections and testing in accordance with best practices or its manufacturer’s standards.
Our Service Area
We proudly provide fire protection services in the following cities and their surrounding areas:
North Carolina (NC): Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Raleigh, and Durham
South Carolina (SC): Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg
Georgia (GA): Athens, Atlanta, and Savannah
Unifour Fire & Safety is also licensed in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.
Contact us online or call 866-511-5540 for fire protection services throughout the Southeast!