Can you test Fire Line Backflow Devices
In many Parts of the Country, Backflow Inspectors/Testers get the license and can test any backflow devices they choose. In Texas, it is not that simple. The TCEQ issues the same license to Backflow Inspectors across the state, but only Backflow Inspectors that are currently employed by a fire sprinkler company can test backflow devices on a fire line. This is due to the Department of Insurance and the Fire Marshall’s Office is in charge of the enforcement of this rule.
The fire sprinkler lines are often on cast iron piping and non potable stagnant water. The domestic plumbing water lines that the rest of the backflow inspectors are allowed to test should have a higher water quality. We can’t put our gauges on a fire line, but we know companies that can!!