(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Hills and backflow preventers.

  1. #1

    Default Hills and backflow preventers.

    I have a 7 foot hill that rises up behind my house. I will be landscaping it soon and I'd like to add sprinklers. I already have an irrigation system for my front yard and would like to tap into it. Can I use my existing backflow preventer which is essentially at the bottom of the hill? Or do I have to pipe the water to the top of the hill, install the backflow preventer there, and then go out to my zones on the hill?

    I recall reading somewhere that the backflow preventer has to be at the highest spot in your irrigation system, but now I can't seem to find that reference.


  2. #2
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Yakima WA


    There are several different kinds of BFP. Some do have to be at the highest point in the system, but better ones (also more expensive) do not. You should check with your city to see what their requirements are. I use a Wilkins Double Check BFP that is installed in a plastic box below grade. I am required to have it certified each year by a licensed inspector. All BFP should be inspected yearly because they do wear out and require repairs occasionally, but some communities ignore the EPA rules.

  3. #3
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona


    ALL backflow preventers SHOULD be installed above grade, if they have a "vent" on them. A backpressure on any, other than a RPPBFP version which can stand a 5# backpressure before venting, have to be above the highest point in the system, otherwise they "drain" out everytime the water is turned off, and theoretically could cause contamination of the potable water system. Most areas do NOT approve a simple "double check BFP" without a vent, since there is no indication when they fail or are failing.

  4. #4
    Irrigation Contractor Fireguy97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Kamloops, in Beautiful British Columbia


    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Most areas do NOT approve a simple "double check BFP" without a vent, since there is no indication when they fail or are failing.
    Again check with your municipality. Some areas approve a Pressure Vaccume Breaker (PVB), some don't because they don't handle back pressure, just back-siphonage.

    You don't mention where you are, do it's difficult to help any more.

    And by the way, a double check valve backflow assembly (DCVA) doesn't have a vent port. If it did, It wouldn't be a DCVA, it would be a reduced pressure principle backflow assembly (RPBA).


Similar Threads

  1. Ant Hills
    By Cookie in forum Lawn Care/Landscaping
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-07-2009, 08:05 PM
  2. Hot water backflow
    By tanikir in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-04-2008, 01:04 PM
  3. Backflow Preventer
    By DAN T in forum HVAC Heating & Cooling
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-28-2008, 08:54 AM
  4. Backflow output
    By Nereus in forum Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-12-2006, 09:09 PM
  5. Backflow removal necessary?
    By Nereus in forum Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-12-2006, 09:07 PM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts