COVID-19 Update – Backflow Prevention Program

Commercial Plumbing

Our backflow services remain operational, here are a few things you need to know:  


Surveys requests and reviews
 

Our backflow team is currently completing surveys. Additionally, we are continuing to review and provide survey responses. In response to the pandemic, you can request an extension on your survey submission due date. The backflow prevention program requires that all overdue surveys be completed within 60 days after the state of emergency is lifted by the City of Ottawa. 


Backflow installation
 

You can request an extension for your backflow installation. When requesting an extension for your installation service please include the following in your email:  

  • Property address,  
  • Original due date 
  • Proposed new date  

If you need to request an extension for backflow installation, please Contact Us


Backflow maintenance and testing
 
 

Tourangeau Mechanical is continuing to schedule maintenance and testing appointments. If you wish to request an extension for your maintenance appointment. 


Submitting Building Permit applications 

You can submit your complete application with payment (cheque) via courier to: 

City of Ottawa – Building Code Services
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON
K2G 6J8 


Alternatively, Tourangeau Mechanical can submit your application for you. 
 

                                                   In need of Backflow services? Contact Us today to discuss your options! 

What is commercial backflow and why my business needs it?

Ottawa’s backflow expert

What is a backflow?

Backflow is the unwanted flow of contaminated water reversing into your clean potable water supply system.

What causes backflow?

Backflow is typically caused when there is an abnormal drop in water pressure coming from your home or commercial/ industrial business and contaminate water is siphoned back into your clean water supply. This is typically referred to as back-siphonage and/or back pressure.

There is no doubt that backflow is extremely dangerous because it can allow drinking water in plumbing systems to become contaminated and unusable.

Why my business needs It?

Have you ever imagined not being able to use water in your business? What would you do?

If the water on your property is contaminated, you may have to close until the pipes are repaired. But every day that passes from being closed is a blow to your profitability and prevents you from serving your customers.

To avoid a headache, make sure you have a commercial backflow prevention plan.

1.Testing

  • At Tourangeau Mechanical, we test all our backflows in compliance with the B64.10-11/B64.10.1-11 (CSA Standards).
  • We are registered with Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA).
  • We have 3 to 5 backflow testers at all times.
  • Our testing gauges are calibrated every year as per  Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard requirements.

2. Repairs

  • Every device is inspected thoroughly by our experienced tester to confirm its failures.   
  • Failure is often cause by debris. Sometimes the devices can simply be cleaned to get a passing result. However, debris and water hammer can damage the internal parts causing failure.

3. Installation

  • All installations are done as per CSA and Local Standards.
  • Every installation is different due to site conditions and must be looked at to provide a proper quote.

Why Tourangeau Mechanical is Ottawa’s backflow expert

Tourangeau Mechanical is Ottawa’s best backflow testing and prevention service provider. With over 600 backflows tested annually and close to 100% of our clients are repeat customers.

Allow us to provide you with our top of the line service and experience for all your backflow needs

Our Backflow services include:

  • City of Ottawa backflow testing & reports
  • Backflow installation
  • Backflow repair
  • Backflow maintance
  • Backflow survey recommendations
  • Commercial Backflow Testing
  • Ottawa Backflow Prevention 
  • Backflow Testing
  • Industrial Backflow

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The backflow prevention program keeps Ottawa’s drinking water safe

City of Ottawa

Under the new Ottawa bylaw or what municipalities across Ontario are calling the Backflow prevention program, owners will be needing to install backflow device and perform annual backflow testing and maintenance to ensure water the City’s potable water supply is safe from contaminants.
Backflow prevention programs are already mandated across many Ontario municipalities, including Toronto, Hamilton, London, Markham and Waterloo.

Approximately 14,000 commercial, and industrial buildings and homes in Ottawa will require an assessment (backflow prevention survey) to determine the level of risk. Severe and moderate risk buildings will be required to install a backflow prevention device.

Tourangeau Mechanical has 20+ years of Backflow Testing experience and currently tests over 700 backflows annually in the Ottawa area. We will work with owners across the Ottawa valley to test and install backflow prevention devices.

For more information, or to get in touch with one of our certified backflow prevention experts your please contact us.

Get in touch with one of our certified backflow surveyors

Complying with the new Ottawa backflow prevention program bylaw

City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa’s Backflow Prevention Program protects drinking water quality by ensuring the appropriate installation and inspection of devices that prevent contaminated water from flowing back into the City’s water distribution system.

The City of Ottawa Backflow Program came into effect on June 28, 2017.

The program will effect around 15,000 industrial, commercial properties in the Ottawa area that are at risk of backflow incidents.

  • Owners with severe backflow incidents will have 1 year to complete a site survey and 1 year to install backflow devices.
  • Owners of moderate backflow incidents will have 1 year to complete a site survey and 2 years to install backflow devices.

Backflow Prevention Survey

If you receive a letter from the City of Ottawa, you must hire a certified backflow surveyor to perform a building survey. Once this has been completed the City will confirm and approve the survey.

Depending on the outcome of the survey, the City of Ottawa will determine what device, if any, needs to be installed within a certain time frame.

A survey will be required every 5 years to make sure the building does not change classification.

Tourangeau Mechanical can help every step of the way, from the backflow survey, installation of a new device to annual backflow testing.

Get in touch with one of our certified backflow surveyors

**Now Hiring** Looking for a licensed plumber with commercial experience**

licensed plumber

Tourangeau Mechanical has reliable licensed plumbers with commercial plumbing service experience. We are always looking for skilled individuals to join our team.

Basic Requirements:

  • Certificate of Qualification (Plumbing) issued from the Ministry of Training Colleges;
  • Good knowledge of plumbing codes and standards;
  • Ability to read blueprints and schematics
  • Ability to perform calculations related to the trade;
  • Ability to interact well with a variety of individuals.

Complementary Qualifications:

  • Certified in Cross Connections and Backflow Prevention;
  • Confined Space Entry knowledge training;
  • CPR training, WHMIS, Working at Heights Training.

We offer competitive wages and benefits. Ready to join our team?

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Want to know more about backflow testing?

Zurn Wilkin

Backflow is the unwanted flow of contaminated water reversing into your clean potable water supply system. Backflow is typically caused when there is an abnormal drop in water pressure coming from your home and contaminate water is siphoned back into your clean water supply. This is typically referred to as back-siphonage and/or back pressure.

Check out Zurn’s backflow testing guide for a Zurn Wilkins 350 3/4 inch to 1 inch.

City of Ottawa pushing for backflow preventers in large buildings

Ottawa

“Thousands of large buildings in Ottawa, including hospitals, schools, businesses and apartment complexes, should be required to install “backflow prevention devices” to protect the quality of drinking water, the city has recommended.

The devices will cost between $500 and $20,000 per building, with building owners paying the cost.  The staff recommendation to change the city’s water bylaws will bring Ottawa into line with 30 other municipalities across the province, including Toronto, Hamilton and London.” Ottawa Citizen.

Read the news article from the Ottawa Citizen.