Daves 40+ years experience in backflow testing and prevention to ensure your water stays clean
At Newcastle Plumbing, we’re committed to keeping our customer’s drinking water safe. Sometimes, contaminants can get into our water which can be extremely harmful if left untreated. To prevent this from happening, backflow testing and prevention is required.
For more than 40 years, we’ve been providing reliable backflow test reports in Newcastle. In line with Hunter Water’s requirements, we can determine whether your home or business is high, medium, or low risk for contamination, then provide recommendations and solutions if required.
Our team of experts can provide a range of backflow prevention services including problem diagnosis, the installation of a new backflow testing device, and the treating, testing, and prevention of issues that could arise from the backflow device on your property.
What is backflow prevention?
Backflow occurs when the flow of water in your plumbing system reverses. When this happens, back-siphonage can occur, which means your drinking and bathing water could be contaminated.
A backflow prevention device stops contaminated or polluted water from flowing backwards into your drinking water. The device forces water to travel in one direction only, eliminating the change of cross-connecting contaminated water into your domestic drinking water.
What causes backflow to occur?
There are several reasons for backflow. For example, backflow can be caused by either back-siphonage or back pressure. Back siphonage occurs when there is a burst or ruptured water main, or excessive demand for water in fire-fighting operations.
Some other examples include:
- A garden hose submerged in a swimming pool, tank, or pond
- Underground irrigation sprinklers (pop-ups) located in low lying areas where surface water ponding occurs
Back pressure can also occur if a water pump is cross-connected to the internal water plumbing system and is pumping water at a higher pressure than the water main. For example, a rainwater tank with a pressure pump interconnected with the drinking water supply.
A backflow prevention device can stop this from happening.
Why do I need backflow testing in Newcastle?
Backflow testing and backflow prevention devices are an important component of protecting the Hunter’s drinking water. Backflow prevention devices are also required under Australian Standards for all premises identified as a risk to the public water supply.
Who is responsible for backflow testing in Newcastle?
It is Hunter Water’s responsibility to exercise their duty of care to protect Newcastle’s drinking water and safeguard public health. This includes ensuring adequate backflow prevention is in place to protect the drinking water supply system.
The home or business owner is responsible for arranging a licenced and backflow accredited plumber like Newcastle Plumbing Service & Blocked Drain Specialist to install, maintain, and annually test the backflow device(s) on their property according to all relevant standards and regulations.
Why do I need an annual backflow test report in Newcastle?
Every backflow prevention device must be tested annually. This is a legal requirement and a condition of your water supply. Backflow testing in Newcastle ensures your backflow device is maintained to an acceptable standard and continues to operate effectively.
The team from Newcastle Plumbing Service & Block Drain Specialist can perform backflow prevention device testing and send certified reports to Hunter Water on your behalf.
Why you need Newcastle plumbing for backflow testing?
With competitive prices and more than 30 years experience in the industry, we’re the top choice for backflow prevention in Newcastle.
At Newcastle Plumbing Service & Blocked Drain Specialist , we have a solid relationship with Hunter Water. We’ve provided them with thousands of detailed, reliable backflow testing reports over the years, and we’ve become Newcastle’s number one choice for a quick and painless report.
One of our professional team members will come to your home or business at a convenient time for you, perform backflow testing, and then provide recommendations for improvement (if required). We will then complete a report for Hunter Water, assuring them your backflow prevention device is functioning and the drinking water is safe and secure.
Our goal is to take the stress out of backflow testing. We’ll do the checks and submit the paperwork, while you sit back, relax, and have a morning coffee. We’ll be out of your hair in no time.