Backflow Testing in Missoula

For more than 15 years, Plumb-Tech has been the leading provider of backflow testing in Missoula. We combine the latest testing technology with our stellar service to help residential and commercial property owners identify and eradicate potential contamination issues. Keep reading to learn more about what we do.
Why Choose Plumb-Tech for Backflow Testing in Missoula?

What is Backflow Testing?

Backflow testing determines whether your drinking water is being contaminated as a result of wastewater flowing backwards into your plumbing system. This commonly occurs following a sudden drop in water pressure resulting from an issue such as: abnormally high demand for water on your property, frozen, clogged, or burst pipes, faulty valves that allow water to flow in the wrong direction, corrosion.

Backflow testing is important because contamination can jeopardize the health of anyone who comes into contact with water from your faucets.

This is why the City of Missoula requires annual backflow prevention testing and may even send more frequent reminders to property owners deemed most at risk. If you ignore these notices, you could end up being fined – so don’t delay in acting!

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

A backflow prevention device restricts water to flowing in one direction. There are several types of backflow prevention devices but the two most common are the double check valve assembly (DCVA) and reduced pressure zone assembly (RP) units.

The former prevention device is for properties that have a moderate risk of backflow issues while the latter is for buildings with a heightened likelihood of problems.

Whichever system you have, it will be thoroughly inspected as part of a backflow test.

You Need Annual Backflow Prevention Testing

We recommend annual backflow prevention testing for all residential and commercial property owners in Missoula – especially those unsure about the condition of their backflow prevention device.

Additionally, municipal laws also require that you have your backflow prevention device tested after any maintenance, cleaning, or repairs have been conducted on it.

By following these testing guidelines, you’ll ensure clean and safe drinking water for all those on your property.

Trust Plumb-Tech for Affordable Backflow Testing

Contact Plumb-Tech today to schedule your backflow testing appointment. We look forward to helping you ensure safe and cleaning drinking water for everyone on your property, whether they be your family or guests!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is backflow testing necessary?
Many states (including Montana) mandate that backflow prevention devices be tested annually. Additionally, it’s simply good practice to conduct backflow testing regularly since it ensures your water’s purity.
How does a backflow test work?

During a backflow test, a technician will shut your water off and inspect your plumbing system and backflow prevention device (if you have one). Specifically, they’ll be looking to ensure that all valves operate as they should, which includes having the right pressure.

You don’t need to do anything in preparation for a backflow test; our technicians will handle everything!

How often should a backflow prevention unit be inspected?

You should have your backflow prevention device inspected on an annual basis, which is the minimum recommended by the city. If your property is at a higher risk of experiencing backflow, the City of Missoula may send more frequent reminders encouraging you to have backflow testing done.

Additionally, you should have your backflow prevention unit tested whenever work has been done on or near it.

Given how simple and affordable backflow testing is, this is no inconvenience at all. In fact, it typically takes less than 30 minutes!

How do I know if my house has a backflow preventer?
Most modern homes in Missoula have backflow preventers installed at the time of construction. You can typically spot this device near your home’s sump pump. It often has a circular removable cover.
How long does it take to test a backflow device?
Backflow devices can typically be tested in roughly a half hour.
How long do backflow preventers last?
Backflow preventers can last well beyond 50 years as long as you take care of them properly.
Why do backflow preventers fail?
Backflow preventers most commonly fail due to a manufacturing fault. However, wear and tear caused by excessive drops in water pressure, water hammers, and other issues can also cause premature failure of your backflow preventer.