Meet Vito Tripoli, CBI’s Superintendent. Vito has been with Chicago Backflow for 18 years. He is proud to be a part of the CBI Family- the heart of backflow in Illinois. Backflow testing is his specialty. Vito is going to explain the ins-and-outs of backflow testing, while also busting some backflow myths. If you want to expand your backflow knowledge directly from a Chicagoland backflow expert, keep reading! 

What should I expect while having my device tested? 

  Commercial and industrial properties always need to make sure fire alarms and people in the building are notified that CBI is at their location testing. It is important to make certain the area in front and around the device is clear. Additionally, when the tester arrives to test the backflow device, the plumber who is certified to test backflows will turn off the downstream shut-off valve. After he or she completes this step, they will test the pressure of the system using test kit hoses. This is to ensure that the pressure is as it should be. 

Vito Tripoli CCCDI.

What are misconceptions when it comes to backflow testing and what should individuals be aware of? 

A lot of people are not aware backflow devices are necessary. Backflow devices are essential in order to keep our water systems safe and sanitary. A backflow device keeps your water safe for consumption or just for use in general. It is not just big office buildings or swimming pools that need a backflow device, homes and residential properties, oftentimes need a backflow device for the safety of the people inhabiting them. 

Many people are not educated on why CBI is there or what is actually involved in testing or repairing a backflow. 

 “I always ask a customer if they have any questions before I test and, in some cases, I ask if they want to witness the test,” Vito says. “I can explain what I am doing and why. Most importantly, what they do not see: all the proper paperwork that is sent and documented with the village/city/water purveyor that our office handles daily.” Usually, the customers have many questions answered as they watch the CBI experts test their device. 

Why is it imperative to have your device tested by a professional? 

“It is very important to make sure you properly get your backflow tested by a licensed professional,” says Vito.  This will ensure it is properly tested and inspected, plus maintained annually. Backflow preventers are mechanical devices that do fail and need servicing.  

Finally, most people think once the device is installed, there is nothing left to do. “I always tell people it is like a car or any other household appliance,” says Vito. “You purchase it and if you think you will never have to worry about maintenance since it is brand new, you are wrong!” 

What makes CBI the best in the business? 

Chicago Backflow prides ourselves on being able to offer our customers a full package backflow testing service at a low cost. With CBI’s All-Inclusive backflow service, you get: the annual testing and certification of the backflow device, as well as parts and repairs as necessary, and all return trips needed to maintain the full functionality of the valve until the next annual certification is needed.  


CBI is a fully licensed plumbing contractor, and all backflow testing is in compliance with local and state laws. CBI certifies backflow prevention assemblies, ranging in size from 1/4 inch through 12 inch. We send you a notification when you are due for annual testing and prompt test submittal to the water purveyor. 


At times, backflow prevention assemblies need a cleaning, new rubber parts, or to be completely rebuilt. Chicago Backflow will accommodate your needs throughout the year when you pick our all-inclusive pricing. This option includes complementary repairs to get your devices compliant.  


Chicago Backflow will get the job done quickly, efficiently, and most importantly; CBI installs your devices to code. We make certain it is done right, from the beginning.  


Emergencies happen…and usually late at night! No need to worry- simply call CBI for any and all backflow emergencies. We have inspectors ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…yes, every single day! We are ready to serve you. 

What areas does CBI serve 

Chicago Backflow offers local backflow testing services in the Chicagoland area and the surrounding suburbs. Check the map to find your area with a tester near you and let us take care of all your backflow needs. Our areas of service include Chicago, Arlington Heights, Antioch, Aurora, Barrington, Berwyn, Bloomington, Bolingbrook, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Evanston, Fox Lake, Frankfort, Hammond, Hoffman Estates, Homewood, Joliet, Kankakee, Merrillville, Michigan City, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palatine, Rockford, Schaumburg, Skokie, Tinley Park, Valparaiso, Waukegan and Wheaton. 

If you want to learn more about backflow prevention, visit our Learn More page, here!