Understanding the Role of Backflow Preventers at Your Property

If you own a commercial property, you are required by state and federal regulations to hire a plumber in Atlanta to install a backflow preventer on your property. Your commercial plumbing contractor must install the backflow preventer onto the first plumbing line branching off from your main plumbing service line. Here is a closer look at the role of backflow preventers on your commercial property.


What is Backflow, and What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Backflow occurs when water flows in the opposite direction through your plumbing system than it is supposed to. This allows contaminants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, and other chemicals, to infiltrate your drinking and cleaning water. A drop in water pressure or a break in your water line can cause backflow. A backflow preventer is a check valve that a plumber installs on your plumbing service line that is designed to shut off when it detects a reversal in water flow in your plumbing system.

Who is Required to Install a Backflow Prevention Device, and When?

All commercial water customers must have a licensed commercial plumbing contractor install a backflow prevention device in their plumbing system. Anyone with a home-based business must also have a plumber install a backflow preventer. The City of Atlanta requires all business owners to have backflow preventers installed prior to the date that the business begins operations. Your backflow preventer must be inspected and tested by a commercial plumbing contractor before your business opens.

Who Can Install a Backflow Preventer for Me?

Only a licensed commercial plumbing contractor who is certified to install and inspect backflow preventers can install a backflow preventer on your plumbing system. You can find a backflow preventer installer by contacting a local commercial plumbing company and asking if they perform installations and inspections. You can also contact the city’s Department of Watershed Management for further information about commercial plumbing companies and plumbers who are licensed and certified to perform installations and inspections.