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Backflow Testing Stops Water Contamination

Backflow prevention at your Chicago, IL home or business is key to keeping your water supply safe. Backflow in your plumbing system is bad news and could potentially threaten the health of your water. Water flowing in the reverse direction could carry contaminants and other harmful substances into your potable water supply, putting your family or customers at risk. For this reason, it’s important that your property undergo backflow testing regularly and your system get outfitted with an appropriate backflow prevention device if necessary. At ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago, we can do both for homeowners in the Chicago area.

Ensure your home is protected against harmful backflow problems. Call us today at 630-438-6900 to schedule an appointment for your location.

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How Does Backflow Occur?

A pressure difference in your system can cause backflow. When the water system pressure at your Chicago-area home drops below that of the pressure in your plumbing system, backflow can occur. There are numerous factors potentially causing this pressure difference, including a broken water main, an emergency water consumption (such as the use of fire hydrants), and equipment generating high water pressure. When the water begins to flow in the reverse direction it can then result in a type of suction that pulls contaminated water from your structure into your clean water source.

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What is Backflow Testing?

Since backflow can occur in any structure, the primary goal of backflow testing is to determine if your home has a cross connection between your potable water source and any source of contamination. The cross connection is what makes it possible for harmful water to be sucked into your clean water source when backflow occurs. When we perform backflow testing at your Chicago, IL home or business, we will look for a cross connection and determine which type of backflow prevention device should be installed to properly prevent backflow. Chicago now requires large commercial and residential buildings to be outfitted with this equipment. We’ll also inspect homes and businesses with prevention devices already in place to ensure they are working correctly.

Why is Backflow Testing Important?

As previously mentioned, backflow in your plumbing system poses a significant health and safety risk for your family or your customers. Without the proper prevention device in place, contaminated water from other parts of your structure could be pulled into your potable water source and consumed by your family or customers either as drinking water or when used in cooking. Backflow prevention testing in Chicago, IL will ensure you are not putting people at risk for illness or other health problems caused by contaminated water.

How Often Should Backflow Testing Be Completed?

Backflow prevention testing should be a standard part of the yearly maintenance performed at your Chicago-area home or business. Even after a prevention device has been placed, you must still have it inspected annually to ensure it is working properly to stop backflow should it ever occur. This testing should only be completed by a trained and licensed professional, like the team at ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago. We put your prevention device to the test and see how it performs.

What Are the Best Methods to Prevent Backflow?

The best way to prevent backflow is through the installation of a backflow device. Though these devices are required on most large commercial and residential buildings in Chicago, IL, it’s a good idea to have one installed on any home or business, even if the city does not legally call for it. At ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago, we are able to do a thorough inspection of your system and determine which backflow prevention device is best suited to your unique needs. You want to install a prevention device that will work effectively, so you no longer have to worry about contaminants reaching your water supply due to backflow. Our expert team has years of experience, and we’re trained and licensed to install and test these backflow prevention devices in Chicago, IL.

Why You Should Choose ARS®/Rescue Rooter® for Backflow Prevention

At ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago, we are committed to providing our customers with the best service they can find in the Chicago area. We’re even available 24 hours a day to provide plumbing services for your emergency situations. Choose to work with us for all of the following reasons:


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  • Our Service Guarantee: We promise our customers if they are unsatisfied with our work for any reason within one year of the date of the original invoice, we’ll do our best to make it right. We’ll make every effort to meet your expectation or remove your equipment (if applicable) and cheerfully refund 100% of your money.
  • Experienced Technicians: Our team is made up of qualified technicians who are licensed to complete necessary plumbing repairs, including backflow testing and prevention in Chicago, IL.
  • Superior Service: We go above and beyond to bring our customers the best service they’ll find anywhere in the area. We’ll work quickly to provide service you can count on.

Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago Today!

If you are concerned about the possibility of backflow at your home, do everything in your power to prevent it by calling the plumbing experts at ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago. We’ll complete thorough backflow testing of your system and ensure your Chicago-area home or business is equipped with the right backflow prevention device. Call us today at 630-438-6900 to schedule an appointment for inspection.

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