Barrington Backflow Testing

Barrington Backflow Testing

If you are a City of Barrington resident, backflow testing is required by the City in order to ensure the safety of your drinking water. Partnering with Chicago Backflow Inc. is an easy way to guarantee your drinking water is clean and safe. whether you have a hundred backflow devices, one or aren’t sure of your situation, our team of specialists can tailor a plan that fits your needs perfectly. If you’re looking for reliable backflow testing and repair services in Barrington, look no further than CBI. We’ve been serving the Barrington/Chicagoland area for over 40 years, and we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible service.

Certified Barrington Inspectors

CCCDI certified inspector for Chicago Backflow

Ryan Harrison has been testing backflows with us for 7 years.

CCCDI certified inspector for Chicago Backflow

Ed Hayes has been testing backflows with us for 2 years.

Reliable Backflow Testing in Barrington

Barrington residents know that they can trust in CBI’s backflow testing service to keep their water supply safe and clean. Our inspectors are the best in the business, and they get the job done right, the first time. In addition to backflow testing, keeping your backflow device up to code could include repair, certification or a new installation. We can do all these for a low price! If you’re looking for reliable backflow testing or more in Barrington, look no further than CBI. With years of experience, our team are pros when it comes to protecting the public water supply and keeping your property in good standing.

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What Is Backflow Testing?

Barrington backflow testing is required to ensure that your backflow assembly is in proper working order and certified with the City. Backflow testing ensures that your drinking, or potable, water distribution system is functioning as intended. Making sure that contaminated/dirty water cannot mix back in with potable water in the event of a backflow. Our water is constantly pressurized and should only flow in just the intended direction. A backflow event is when water flows backwards due to a drop in that water pressure. If a pipe 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. When functioning correctly they have a series of pressurized valves and chambers that prevents this from happening. During a test, our certified testers measure the PSI of each chamber and checks the functionality of all the valves. We also have to make sure that the device is clear of any foreign objects. If you own one, Barrington residents must have their backflow devices tested every year to ensure that they are working properly. A licensed backflow tester must perform the test and will submit their results to the City.

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 village of Barrington from cross-connection events, Barrington states that 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, expensive cleaning/refurbishing costs and possible fines.

Do you need to schedule your annual backflow test or need to have one installed? Call or set up an appointment today!


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. Barrington has hundreds of businesses and residents, possessing one or multiple backflow preventers that need annual testing!

How Can Private Residences Prevent Backflows? 

Frequently, backflow is the result of uncontrollable forces. As someone who drinks water in the City of Barrington, 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 village’s water supply.

Are Backflow Prevention Devices Necessary?

In most places, backflow preventers are not required for individual residential properties. The backflow device would be located further down the water main and be for the entire neighborhood or apartment complex. However, Barrington 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 plumbing systems. 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.