Cicero Backflow Testing

Cicero Backflow Testing

Cicero’s backflow testing is mandated in order to ensure the purity of your drinking water. When you team up with Chicago Backflow Inc. we will do that 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 of them, 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 Cicero 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 Cicero

We want our Cicero 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 people available day and night to respond incase of emergency or simply answer any questions or concerns you may have. We also offer a variety of other services to help keep your cross connection up to code including installation, certification and repair. Look no further than CBI for reliable backflow service of any type. With years of experience, our team is passionate about protecting the public water supply and keeping your property in good hands. Contact us today to schedule a test or browse our website for more information.

What Is Backflow Testing

Cicero residents backflow testing is crucial to confirm that your backflow assembly is working correctly and certified in the eyes of the town. Backflow testing ensures that your flow of drinking water is functioning properly, so that any water with pollutants cant possibly mix back in with potable water in the event of a backflow. Our towns water is always under pressure and should only flow away from the source. A backflow event in simple terms 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. We also have to make sure that the device is clear of any debris. If applicable Cicero 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 the results to the village.


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, Cicero 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 village. Failure to do so could result in serious health consequences for you and your employees, customers, or tenants and possible fines.

Do you need to make sure your backflow device is working properly and maintained or need to have one installed? Call or set up an appointment today!


Where Are Backflow Preventers Installed?.

We can evaluate the individual backflow’s requirements for each cross connection when a water account is established but generally they are installed on cross connections. Businesses that present a potential backflow hazard via the presence of one or more cross connections are required to install the appropriate backflow prevention device and have it tested annually. Backflow preventers are installed on the main water line where the connectors for the wastewater and freshwater meet. These devices automatically close when there is a change in pressure and prevent the reverse waterflow before it gets into drinking water. Cicero has plenty of restaurants, bars, and stores each possessing one or multiple backflow preventers that need testing!

How Can Private Residences Prevent Backflows? 

Home and apartment owners shouldn’t worry about backflow occurrences in their day to day life. Most residents are already protected from outside cross-connections by the backflow devices located on their main water line that connects to their neighborhood or apartment complex etc. Large scale backflow events will most likely be out of your control and due to a major event like a large fire requiring multiple hydrants to be opened, causing a drop in pressure. Something you can do at home is to be cautious about not leaving any water outlet such as a hose or faucet submerged in anything, even regular water. If a drop in pressure were to occur the liquid would be sucked back through the hose to the water main.

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, Cicero may mandate you to install a device and maintain annual backflow testing if your home has an irrigation system. Most towns in the United States mandate backflow preventer installations and annual testing for commercial and industrial 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, or set up a meeting today to talk with an expert!