Downers Grove Backflow Testing

Downers Grove Backflow Testing

If you are a Downers Grove resident, backflow testing is required by the Village in order to ensure the safety of your drinking water. Teaming up with Chicago Backflow Inc. is an easy and effective way to make sure your water is clean and safe. whether you have a single backflow device, hundreds or are not sure of your situation, our team of specialists can tailor a plan to fit your needs. With over 40 years of experience servicing Downers Grove 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 630.276.7070 to get started and take advantage of our new customer deal!

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Trusted Backflow Testing in Downers Grove

Residents of Downers Grove know they can rely on our backflow testing service to keep their water supply safe and clean. Our inspectors are the best in the business, and we’re available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you may have. In addition to backflow testing, we also offer a variety of other services to help keep your device up to code including installation, certification and repair. If you are looking for reliable backflow services in Downers Grove, look no further than CBI. 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?

Downers Grove backflow testing is important to ensure that your backflow assembly is in proper working order and certified with the Village. Backflow testing ensures that your potable (drinking) water distribution system is functioning properly, and contaminated water cannot mix back in with potable water in the event of a backflow incident. Our water is constantly pressurized and should flow in just the intended direction. A backflow event is when water flows backward. If a water main were to rupture or the Village’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 Downers Grove 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, the Village of Downers Grove states 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.

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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. Downers Grove has over hundreds of restaurants, facilities, and residential properties in need of annual backflow testing and maintenance.

How Can Private Residences Prevent Backflows? 

Frequently, backflow is the result of uncontrollable forces. As someone who drinks water in the Village of Downers Grove, 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, Downers Grove 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 backflow preventers. 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.

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