This page will teach you everything you need to know about Backflow Enclosures and why they're the ultimate protection for keeping backflow devices safe.
Fake rocks are made from materials like resin or fiberglass. They are often used in landscaping and garden design to cover up unsightly objects like pump heads or irrigation valves, and can also be used to enclose backflow prevention devices.
Fake rock enclosures are lightweight and easy to move, making them a convenient option for locations where regular access is required.
However, it's important to note that not all fake rocks are created equal. Some cheaper options may not be as well-made or durable as higher-quality models, which could lead to problems over time. It's also important to ensure that the fake rock enclosure you choose is large enough to accommodate the backflow device you are using, as well as any necessary piping or connections. Further, its weight and design typically prevents fake rock from securing the backflow preventer itself, leaving it susceptible to potential damage or theft.
While it is an option to enclose your backflow, it’s not a good way to secure it.
Plastic covers are not a good option for backflow enclosures for several reasons:
UV Exposure: Plastic covers may degrade when exposed to UV radiation, leading to brittleness, discoloration and cracking.
Security: Plastic covers may be easier to tamper with or break open than other materials, compromising security of the backflow preventer.
Heat resistance: Some types of plastic may not be heat-resistant, which is a risk in climates with consistently hot weather.
Regulatory compliance: In some states or municipalities, plastic covers may not be permitted with local building codes or regulations governing backflow enclosures.
Even if we didn't sell durable, marine-grade aluminum backflow enclosures, we would not recommend plastic covers as an enclosure solution.
Protection: R-13 thermal insulation provides frost protection to the pipes inside the bag, but there is no protection from theft or vandalism.
Sizes: From 24" x 24" to 60" x 60"
Colors: Green, blue, tan
Prices: $10 to $50
Important to Note: These are typically sold together with a fake rock, cage or plastic cover so they can provide frost protection while the outer cover provides further protection.
You should have a backflow enclosure for the following reasons:
Compliance: Many municipalities require the installation of backflow preventer enclosures to comply with local codes and regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, legal liability and risk to public health.
Protection: A backflow enclosure protects backflow prevention assemblies from physical damage, vandalism, theft and exposure to the elements. It ensures that the equipment functions properly, maintaining water supply safety.
Convenience: Backflow enclosures provide convenient access for maintenance, inspection and testing of backflow preventer devices. They also make it easier to locate and identify the assemblies in case of emergency or repair.
Durability: Backflow enclosures are typically made of sturdy materials such as steel or aluminum and are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, wear and tear, and tampering. They are built to last for many years and require minimal maintenance. A rugged aluminum enclosure is as important an investment as it is in your backflow prevention equipment itself.
Using a backflow enclosure is a practical and necessary solution to protect the water supply, comply with regulations, ensure convenience and durability, and enhance the aesthetics of the property.
There are several common accessories that may be needed for your backflow enclosure:
Mounting hardware: We recommend mounting your aluminum enclosure to a concrete slab.
Locks or latches: After all, what good is an enclosure if it’s accessible to anyone? We recommend securing your enclosure with a lock, and in municipalities, with our patented MUNI-LOK vault key solution.
Access doors or panels: These provide a way to access the backflow prevention device for maintenance or inspection. Safe-T-Cover
Insulation: In any climate, insulation may be needed to regulate the temperature inside the enclosure, protecting the backflow prevention device.
Drainage: Backflow preventers dump a lot of water and adequate drainage is required by ASSE 1060. All Safe-T-Cover aluminum enclosures have spring loaded drainage doors to keep intruders from coming in, but when necessary, let the water out.
Labeling: Depending on local codes and statutes, your enclosure may need to be labeled with information about the backflow prevention device and its installation.
Never trade off a lower upfront price for a higher cost down the line.
Backflow cages, typically made of wire mesh or similar material provide a basic level of protection against theft, vandalism or accidental damage.
On the other hand, aluminum backflow enclosures offer superior, longer-lasting protection against the elements, physical damage, theft or infestation. They are typically made of durable, weather-resistant materials and are lockable for added security. They also offer better insulation and ventilation to protect the backflow prevention assembly from extreme temperatures.
A cage may be a more affordable option, but the downsides are too great.
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