Berwyn Backflow Testing

Berwyn Backflow Testing

Berwyn, like Chicago, requires backflow testing in order to ensure the safety of your drinking water. When you team up with Chicago Backflow Inc. we will do the hard work for you and make sure your water is clean and safe. You could have a single backflow device, or a chain of stores with hundreds, our trained professionals will help you get set up with a plan that works for you. We offer testing, installation, repair, maintenance and more, and with over 40 years of experience servicing Berwyn and the surrounding Chicagoland area, you can count on us for all your commercial or residential backflow testing and repair needs. Give us a call today at 708.389.5600 to get started and take advantage of our new customer deal!

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Trusted Backflow Testing in Berwyn

We want our Berwyn customers to know they can trust our backflow testing service to keep their water supply up to regulations and safe. CBI only employs the most reliable backflow testers, and we have staff available 24/7/365 to respond incase of emergency or simply answer any questions or concerns you may have. Look no further than CBI for reliable backflow service. With years of experience, our team is passionate about protecting the public water supply and keeping your property in good hands.

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What Is Backflow Testing?

Backflow testing is to ensure your backflow assembly is working correctly and is required annually in most Illinois jurisdictions. In Illinois, properly credentialed inspectors should only test and certify your backflow is in working order. A backflow event is when drinking water flows backwards to the source. If a water main were to rupture or the City’s firefighters opened multiple hydrants to put out a large fire, the water main’s pressure could plummet. The water demand upstream may create a flow reversal and tanks or hoses that contain chemicals or other non-potable things could be sucked up into the water supply. To prevent this from happening, backflow preventers are installed on a water main. They have a series of pressurized chambers and valves that prevents this from happening. During a test, the certified tester measures the pressure of each chamber and checks the functionality of all the valves. CBI ensures the device is clear of any debris. If applicable Berwyn residents must have their backflow devices tested every year to ensure that they are working properly.

What Is A Cross Connection?

A cross connection is any actual or potential connection between the drinking water lines and potential sources of pollution or contamination. This can include a piping arrangement or equipment that allows the drinking water to come in contact with non-potable liquids, solids, or gases. A cross connection can be hazardous to humans if/when there is a backflow of contaminated water.

In order to protect the public from cross-connection hazards, Berwyn requires all businesses and facilities with cross connections must have their backflow prevention devices tested on an annual basis. Backflow testing must be performed by a certified tester and the results must be submitted to the City. Failure to do so could result in serious health consequences for you and your employees, customers, or tenants and possible fines.

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Where Are Backflow Preventers Installed?

Backflow preventers are installed on the main water line. The backflow preventer is a valve that closes automatically whenever there is a change in pressure. Once the valve is closed, water cannot continue to flow oppositely. Instead, it is diverted, preventing cross-contamination. Berwyn has thousands of restaurants and industry, each possessing one or multiple backflow preventers that need annual backflow testing!

How Can Private Residences Prevent Backflows? 

Frequently, backflow is the result of uncontrollable forces. As someone who drinks water in the City of Berwyn, it is important to be aware of cross-connection hazards and how to prevent them. Cross-connections can occur when there is a connection between the potable (drinking) water system and a non-potable water source. This can happen when you submerge a hose in soapy water buckets, pet watering containers, pools, tubs, sinks, drains or any other container of liquid that does or could have contained chemicals. If a drop in water pressure occurs, the contents that the end of the hose is in will be sucked up into the City’s water supply.

Are Backflow Prevention Devices Necessary?

In most places, backflow preventers are not required for all individual residential properties. The backflow device would be located further down the water main and be for the entire neighborhood or apartment complex. However, Berwyn may mandate you to install a device and maintain annual backflow testing if your home has an irrigation system. Most water purveyors in the United States mandate backflow preventer installations and annual testing for commercial, industrial, and residential properties. If you are a business owner you should have to be keeping up to code with your local laws. Want to learn more about backflow or what services we could help you with? Visit our Learn More page.