Commercial Backflow Prevention

Backflow prevention is to protect our drinking water. Backflow prevention devices function as public health protectors.  They protect you, your family, friends and neighbours.

Meeting the regulations of commercial backflow prevention

Many municipalities have Backflow Prevention policies plus knowledgeable staff in place to ensure the public, specifically commercial building owners, adhere to strict guidelines to keep our municipal water supplies safe. Plumbing contractors who provide backflow prevention services must have specifically trained and licensed plumbers for this type of work as well as obtain approval from each municipality they work in.  Specialized hi-tech equipment is used and this equipment must be officially “calibrated” by a third party on a regular basis with proof of such provided to each municipality to ensure accuracy. Harris Plumbing satisfies all these requirements.

If you have received a letter from your municipality regarding backflow prevention, you must contract a municipality-approved professional, licensed plumbing contractor like Harris Plumbing, to perform the required work for you. Our backflow prevention services includes all the steps that are legally required, such as permits and documentation, so that your experience is painless, carefree and also ensures that your business is fully compliant year after year with your municipality’s specific requirements.

Harris Plumbing is fully approved by municipalities in York Region and Simcoe County.

Disruptive backflow issues caused by non-compliance with a municipality can cause commercial businesses to lose time and money – as missing the issued deadlines can halt production and service. That’s why our Harris Plumbing backflow prevention specialists respond as quickly as possible to address any commercial plumbing issue – to get and keep your business up and running ASAP.

The Problem With “Back-Siphonage” In Commercial Spaces

Commercial water systems can malfunction for many different reasons, and backflow issues can be disruptive, inconvenient, messy, and toxic – as sewage bacteria can contaminate water and sterile spaces.

Due to these concerns, the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) has established a working group for backflow prevention that reviews and researches how Ontario can reduce and eliminate backflow risks in residential and commercial buildings.  Each municipality is responsible for monitoring and maintaining their Backflow program.

This involves communicating with local businesses when necessary and requesting:
– backflow surveys to determine if devices may be required
– annual maintenance tests on existing devices
– new device installations

Maintenance Checks

In support of optimal health and safety compliance for all commercial businesses, our Harris Plumbing team has done their due diligence to stay up to date on the requirements of commercial spaces that rely on frequently inspected, maintained, and serviced backflow prevention devices. If you receive a letter from your municipality requiring backflow attention by a specific due date, contact a local plumbing contractor like Harris Plumbing with current backflow licensing and the approval to do so by your municipality, for professional, reliable service.

If you currently have backflow devices installed in your commercial building, they require annual testing to ensure they are operating as they should. Therefore annual backflow testing is necessary. We can pre-schedule your annual test each year as well as submit the required documentation to ensure you remain compliant with your municipality at all times.

No matter the plumbing issue, we come prepared to solve the problem and can provide regular maintenance checks to ease your worries and concerns.

Contact Harris Plumbing Today

For all of your commercial plumbing needs, contact us today. We can help to provide drain maintenance, kitchen upkeep ,commercial plumbing upgrades, grease trap clearing and so much more.

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