All You Need To Know About Testing Your Backflow

Saad Iqbal | 🗓️Modified: January 2, 2019 | ⏳Read Time: 6 min | 👁Post Views: 85

Yes, there are some things you’d just rather not have to deal with. The nosy neighbor… that cavity that’s been bothering you for weeks… and probably, your property’s backflow.
Unfortunately, you do need to face these challenges and see them through. When it comes to backflow testing it’s actually an important part of maintaining a functioning society. As a role player in your household and community you need to take up this responsibility for everyone’s wellbeing.
And don’t worry: We’ve got you covered. This guide contains everything you need to know about successful backflow testing.


What Is Backflow Testing?

Backflow testing is the process of examining one’s drinking water in order to confirm it safe for human consumption. In short, it’s how you ensure the water you drink isn’t contaminated by dirt or fungus.
It’s a process that needs to be completed regularly in order to maintain quality. The status of your drinking water can change virtually over night which is why frequent testing is so imperative.
The goal of backflow testing is to identify any presence of backflow within the piping system. Should any backflow be found the necessary steps of managing and removing it must be taken. There are also steps that can be taken to prevent backflow in future such as using an air gap or a backflow prevention device.

Is This Really Necessary?

Some people question the municipal laws surrounding backflow testing Melbourne residents are subjected to. They believe it’s just another way for the government to make money and that the procedure itself is not entirely necessary.
This is a common misconception. On the contrary backflow testing is incredibly necessary.
On any home or business premises where water is consumed it’s important to have backflow checked at least once a year. Consumption of contaminated water can be catastrophic.
In addition to testing for backflow yearly, steps in backflow prevention should also be taken. This provides further peace of mind that the water you’re consuming is safe. If you’re responsible for others such as your family or employees, you can’t ignore this task.

When To Test

Another area of doubt is when the most appropriate time to begin backflow testing is. The truth is it’s virtually always the right time, especially if it’s your first time doing it.
Here are some common scenarios where it would be most appropriate to commence backflow testing as soon as you can:

  • When moving into a new house in an unfamiliar part of town
  • When purchasing or moving into new offices
  • When you notice a distinguishably different taste in your drinking water compared to what you’re used to
  • When word gets out of possible contamination within your town
  • If your drinking water appears to be off color
  • If there is an influx of pests onto your property

The best way to look at it: When in doubt, test! Don’t even question it. The health of your loved ones could be at stake.

Backflow Prevention

As mentioned, there are two primary ways to take preventative measures so you limit the chances of problems in future.

Air Gap

By creating air gaps within your piping system you’ll be able to successfully prevent airflow. This is done by leaving gaps between water collection points and the valves that make up your piping system.
The gaps prevent water from collecting in certain areas where dirt and debris may be able to contaminate the flow.

Prevention Device

A backflow prevention device is probably the most effective way to ensure healthy drinking water.
A prevention device such as a backflow valve can be inserted into any part of a piping system where there is threat of contamination. Trained individuals will be able to identify these areas with ease. The valve is inserted and works against the spread of backflow.


We probably don’t need to mention the very obvious advantages of backflow testing and prevention, but if you need motivation to spend a little extra this month, here it is:

  • It’s certainly nice to know that taking a mouthful of tap water won’t be your last. And that the health of your family and/or colleagues are in good hands.
  • More than this, however, testing backflow regularly can improve the life span of your plumbing system overall. Since all plumbing is at some point connected, this affects your immediate vicinity as well as the greater area of the town where you live.
  • Backflow testing and prevention can help all civilians work together in maintaining a high functioning, safe environment in which to live.

As stated, it’s not only about your building, but about your entire community.

Getting It Done!

Backflow testing should be conducted by professionals wherever possible. It’s as simple as booking a consultation with a certified plumbing service.
The whole procedure can take anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. Short and sweet! If problem areas are identified, however, this timeline will obviously increase as the necessary measures are taken.
Testing and prevention installation is done one site at the location of the drinking water in question. While the procedure is followed, your water line will have to be turned off. You’ll very rarely be left without water following one of these testing procedures.


Such a seemly meaningless task but with such a big impact.
Water is the most important thing we put into our bodies on a daily basis. So, make the call, set up the appointment and have that backflow tested. Taking an interest in knowing the state of your backflow can save lives, literally.

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