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To confirm the entire device is operating properly, an annual inspection must be performed. Compliance is monitored by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). You may have your Registered Architect or Professional Engineer consult NYC Environmental Control Board Risk Assessment Guide to determine whether or not your property requires a backflow prevention device.
Unless you have received a specific exemption from DEP, the following types of businesses are required to use backflow prevention devices:
Once installation and initial testing are finalized, you are required to have your backflow prevention device tested every 12 months by a Licensed Plumber.
A notification letter in the mail will be issued by the DEP, when your backflow prevention device is due for its annual test.
The annual inspection should be scheduled no later than 3 months before the end of the year with a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP).
The inspection will take approx. 4-5 hours to ensure the proper operation of the pump, valves, backflow device and test the pressure throughout the risers.
Once testing is completed, a test report must be filed immediately with DEP within 30 days of inspection.
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