A little less than a year ago, I wrote up a blog about average backflow test prices for 2016. It’s one of the most frequent questions we get from end customers.
A frequently asked question from new testers is How much should I charge per residential backflow test? I thought it was about time to add in the new data we’ve acquired recently.
Like I mentioned last year, the average backflow device testing can vary greatly within the same area – so it pays to call around and get several quotes. It’s also important to know what you’re getting. Sometimes, you can get a lot more than just a backflow test, and companies may include fixes, winterization, or spring tune-up of your irrigation system.
This year, rather than go by city, I’ve averaged the data of the overall state. Some of the prices across a state vary greatly, so don’t be surprised if your backflow test prices are higher or lower than mentioned.
Not All Backflow Tests are Create Equal
Firelines, High-Hazard locations, and backflow devices located in a “contained” area will run more than a typical irrigation or soda machine backflow test. This also goes for any extra work involved. If a tester has to physically dig out the device, that will usually cost more. Why? Certain backflow device situations require more stringent (and thus, costly) government requirements. Other times, situations may require the tester to spend extra time at a location.
If you’re looking to have your underground sprinkler system backflow device tested, act earlier rather than wait until you get your 2nd or 3rd notice from the water purveyor, since late-fees can stack up from the utilities which is a cost outside of the direct testing.
So, without further ado, here’s an infographic of the average test prices across the nation. You’ll be able to see the prices by hovering over the colorful states.
Make sure to ask questions!
As I said last year, check what testers offer before scheduling a test. Some backflow testers include any cleaning in their base price. (This is a common reason devices can fail.) Others have entire packages that allow you to have your sprinkler system winterized before a hard freeze, and then turned on in spring. Others offer cheaper prices if you sign up for repeat service, and this can save you a huge headache since your tester should test your device the following year before you ever get a 2nd water notice! A really great backflow tester may submit your backflow test report to the utility before you ever get your first reminder.
You may be surprised at how many plumbing and irrigation companies offer deals and coupons. Take advantage of those, and continue doing your part to insure drinking water is kept clean!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!