What are some considerations before having my irrigation system cut and capped?

Hiring a contractor to cut and cap the irrigation system may be initially more expensive than having the backflow device tested. However, if you plan to own the property for an extended period of time while never using the irrigation system, then this may be a good option for you. Keep in mind that a cut and cap is a more permanent solution. If you change your mind and want to use the system in the future, you would need to hire a contractor to come back out and reconnect the system. In addition, you must notify the City since the backflow device would require annual testing once the irrigation system is reconnected.

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1. What is backflow?
2. What happens during a backflow event?
3. What is a cross connection?
4. What are common types of cross connections?
5. What is a backflow device?
6. Is a backflow device required on all residential irrigation systems?
7. Why do backflow devices need to be tested?
8. How often does a backflow device need to be tested?
9. Can anyone test a backflow device?
10. What happens after the backflow device has been tested?
11. What is the difference between a spring startup service and a backflow test?
12. What if my backflow device is due to be tested before I want to turn on my irrigation system for the season or have the spring startup service performed?
13. Can I have my backflow device tested at the same time that the spring startup service is performed?
14. Why did two people come out to perform my spring startup service and backflow test?
15. Am I still required to have the backflow device tested even if I do not use my irrigation system?
16. What are my options if I do not want to have my backflow device tested every year?
17. What are some considerations before having my irrigation system cut and capped?