This page will teach you everything you need to know about Standard Enclosures and why they're the ultimate protection for keeping backflow devices safe.
As the name implies, a valve enclosure provides security and or freeze protection for waterworks.
A backflow cage is conventionally thought of as the most cost-effective solution for backflow or valve enclosures. They provide no protection from winter weather and are documented as being exceptionally vulnerable to vandalism or theft.
There are several options for covering backflow preventers: fiberglass, steel and aluminum are the most common materials as enclosures, fake rock or cages. Safe-T-Cover’s modular assembly requires little time and effort for exceptional 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.
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.
Use Safe-T-Cover’s sizing guide to find the exact dimensions for an enclosure to suit your equipment’s needs. Also take into consideration any local ordinances concerning cross-connection control and water safety.