Rockford Backflow Testing

Rockford Backflow Testing

If you are a Rockford resident, backflow testing is required by the City 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, or hundreds, our team of specialists can tailor a plan that fits your needs perfectly. With over 40 years of experience servicing Rockford 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!

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Trusted Backflow Testing in Rockford

Residents of Rockford know that 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 are available 24/7 to 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. If you are looking for reliable backflow testing or more in Rockford, 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?

Rockford backflow testing is important to ensure that your backflow assembly is in proper working order and certified with the City. Backflow testing ensures that your potable (drinking) water distribution system is functioning properly, and that contaminated water cannot mix back in with potable water in the event of a backflow. 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 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 Rockford 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 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 public from cross-connection hazards, the City of Rockford 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 and possible fines.

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Where Are Backflow Preventers Installed?

Backflow preventers are installed on the main water line where the connectors for the wastewater and freshwater meet. The gadget is a valve that closes automatically whenever there is a change in pressure. Once the valve is closed, sewage cannot continue to flow oppositely. Instead, it is diverted, preventing cross-contamination. Rockford has over 200 restaurants, each possessing one or multiple backflow preventers that need testing!

How Can Private Residences Prevent Backflows? 

Frequently, backflow is the result of uncontrollable forces. As someone who drinks water in the City of Rockford, 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 individual residential properties. The backflow device would be located further down the water main and be for the entire neighborhood or apartment complex. However, Rockford may mandate you to install a device and maintain annual backflow testing if your home has an irrigation system. Most cities 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!

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