Introduction

     B F P Testing, Inc.  is a cross-connection, backflow- prevention company.  The services we offer are Certified Testing, Sales, Service, Installation and Consulting.

     Technology has made it possible to deliver safe drinking water of high quality to the distribution system of public water supplies.  However, to assure safe water at the consumer’s tap, it is essential that physical cross connections, which create actual or potential backflow possibilities, are eliminated from both the distribution systems and the plumbing systems of buildings.  Where elimination is impractical, protection by installation of an approved backflow-prevention assembly becomes necessary.

     The plumbing fixture is actually the end of the water supply system and the beginning of the sewerage system.  The line of separation is sometimes finely drawn and determines whether the water supply system is safe for human use.  Backflow from secondary or unsafe water supplies into the public supply is recognized as a potential hazard wherever such supplies are interconnected.

Services

TESTING:

     Test Certification of all types of approved backflow prevention devices.  Our company will visit the job site, perform a survey of all devices, note the type, size and location of each device, build a file of these devices with tags for identification.  We will set up a time to perform the test and offer any recommendation of repairs that may be visible. 

 

SALES:

     We offer a large selection of backflow prevention devices, repair kits and support equipment.  Ames, Conbraco, Febco and Watts are some of the approved devices we offer.

 

SERVICE:

     We offer 24hr. emergency repair service, 7 days a week.   We will have repair kits on hand for all units at the time of testing and if need be, will offer to repair and retest.

 

INSTALLATION:

     We offer installation of devices that will be comparable to the operation of your business.  Due to the need for water to be turned off, we will work around your schedule.

 

CONSULTING:

     We offer onsite surveys, recommendation of devices needed and or correction that would eliminate a possible hazard.  

Foreword

      In this day of advanced technology most people assume that the water they drink is safe.  Few people even give a second thought to the possibility that a public water system might be the carrier of a dangerous—perhaps fatal—bacteria, chemical, or other agents harmful to the human body.  Public health officials have long been concerned about cross connection and backflow conditions in plumbing systems and in public drinking-water-supply distribution systems.

     Cross connection are the links through which it is possible for polluting or contaminating materials to enter a potable water supply.  The substance enters the potable water system when the pressure of the polluted source exceeds the pressure of the potable source.  The action is called backflow, typically caused by back-siphonage or  backpressure.  Essentially, it is a reversal of the hydraulic gradient and can be produced by a variety of circumstances.

     It might be assumed that detecting and eliminating cross connections would be elementary and obvious.  Actually, cross connections may appear in many subtle forms and in unsuspected places.  Pressure changes in a water distribution system may be freakish and unpredictable.  Therefore, even the most unlikely potential cross connection can allow backflow to introduce pollution or contamination to the potable system.

     Most of us realize that contaminated water can result in disease and death if it is consumed by humans or animals, but how many are aware that the danger is present with us every day.  The more complex our industry and our technology becomes, the greater the potential hazards to human health.  Stop and think of the manufacturing plants, the processing plants, the chemicals used, the complex and numerous cross lines and interconnections.  In spite of our advanced public water systems, the potential for contamination is growing.

     Although most of the public water supply systems deliver water safe to drink, this fact has often lulled the public, many water purveyors, and health officials into complacency in not recognizing the potential hazards from cross connections.  Although federal and state laws exist that mandate precautions in handling water systems, many agencies have yet to comply.  A cross-connection control program is essential to ensure that water remains as safe as it was from its original source.