Backflow Prevention

Backflow prevention device installation & servicing

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Fallon Solutions are your trusted and experienced licensed plumbers that specialise in the installation and servicing of backflow prevention devices. These devices are essential to prevent the reverse flow of contaminated water from your property into the local water supply, a legal requirement in Queensland.

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Backflow Prevention for Clean Water

Australia boasts some of the world’s cleanest water, thanks in part to stringent regulations on backflow prevention. To ensure the continued cleanliness of your home’s water, it’s crucial to have a backflow prevention device installed by experienced plumbers. This device safeguards against the reverse flow of contaminated water into our drinking water supply.

Understanding Backflow

Backflow occurs when water reverses its flow and travels back into pipes after being used on a property. Two primary reasons for backflow are back pressure and back siphonage.

Back pressure arises when downstream water pressure exceeds the supply pressure, often due to elevation or pumps. Back siphonage, on the other hand, happens when a significant amount of water is drawn from the mains, creating a vacuum that can cause water to flow back the wrong way.

Do You Need a Backflow Prevention Device?

By law, all properties connected to the main water supply must have a site containment backflow prevention device. Potential sources of contamination include irrigation systems, fire hose reels, swimming pools, dishwashers, smart toilets, bidet toilets, wash bays, spas, rain tanks, and commercial or industrial equipment.

Determining Hazard Levels

Properties connected to the main water supply undergo hazard evaluation based on AS/NZS 3500.1. Hazard levels include low, medium, and high, each corresponding to the potential risk of harm. The determined risk level dictates the type of backflow device required.

Types of Backflow Devices

  1. Single Check Valve (SCV): A one-way valve preventing backflow.
  2. Double Check Valve (DC): Used for low-hazard conditions, employing two check valves to stop backward water flow.
  3. Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ): Offers the highest protection for high-hazard situations, with two independent check valves and a relief valve.
  4. Dual Check Valve (DCV): Similar to DC, but not testable or repairable. Ideal for specific applications.

Annual testing of SCV, DC, and RPZ backflow preventers is crucial for maintaining water safety. As a device owner, your responsibilities include:

  1. Professional Installation: Hire a licensed plumber for the proper installation of backflow prevention devices.
  2. Council Registration: Register your device with the council by providing a copy of the initial test report.
  3. Annual Testing: Schedule annual testing by a licensed plumber to ensure the device’s effectiveness.
  4. Accessibility: Maintain adequate access to devices for testing and maintenance purposes.

Government Regulations and Fees

The Queensland government imposes an annual registration fee of $71 for backflow prevention devices. Additionally, after the initial installation, accredited backflow prevention device testing must be conducted annually.

Toilet Bidets and Backflow Prevention Compliance

As toilet bidets and smart toilets gain popularity, it’s essential to adhere to regulations to prevent backflow. According to AS/NZS 3500 Part 1 Water Services Clause 12.2.3:

  • A douche outlet positioned at least 25mm above the overflow level of the pan doesn’t require a backflow device.
  • If the douche outlet is less than 25mm above the overflow level, a ‘high hazard’ backflow prevention device must be installed, complying with AS/NZS 2845.1 or AS 2845.2.

Your Trusted Local Backflow Prevention Experts

Choose Fallon Solutions for expert backflow prevention device installation and servicing. Contact us now for a Backflow Prevention Enquiry, ensuring the continued quality and safety of your property’s water supply. Trust us for top-notch backflow prevention solutions in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast.

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Your local backflow prevention professionals

Ensure the safety of your water supply by choosing Fallon Solutions for expert backflow prevention device installation and servicing. Contact us now for a Backflow Prevention Enquiry and secure your property’s water quality.
For the very best in backflow prevention solutions throughout Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Morten Bays and the Gold Coast contact our team on 1300054488.