Backflow Valves – info and comments

A backflow preventer is a device that’s installed on your home’s water pipes that allows water to flow in one direction but never in the opposite direction. Its sole job is to prevent drinking water from being contaminated due to backflow.

typical configuration of a backflow preventer

The backflow preventer is in front of the house near your driveway. It’s typically 12 feet from the road, with the pipe coming up from the ground in a u-shape; about 2 feet above ground with a mechanism in the middle.

LEE COUNTY ORDINANCE 95-21, states that the customers responsibility begins at the service connection with the public potable water system and includes all of the customers’ private water system. The customer shall protect the private water system against actual or potential cross connection or backflow as required by the Lee County Utilities Cross-Connection Control Policy, the Standard Plumbing Code and all other-applicable state or federal regulations.

Furthermore, the customer shall provide for routine testing of backflow prevention devices, maintain accurate records of tests and repairs made to the devices. However, Lee county Utilities does not require annual inspections or filing with their department. The owner is responsible for maintaining maintenance records in the event of an incident.

All costs incurred for device purchases, installations, maintenance, testing and repairs are to be paid by the customer.

As for possible service providers, we do not recommend any specific vendor since there are many available;

Neighbors who required and used a service provided the following:

  • United Plumbing   239-482-3888
  • Watermark Redevelopment 239-994-7946
  • All Phase Plumbing 239-945-0126

submitted by Donald J Jancin – 4/19/2019

3 thoughts on “Backflow Valves – info and comments”

  1. Kurt Blumenthal and I just had our backflow preventers tested and both failed. We are having them replaced. The regular price for each of us to have them replaced was going to be $645. Because we both are having it done, they dropped the price to $445 ($200 off each). People should consider checking with their neighbors to get a “group” rate. Just trying to save people some money!

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