Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Backflow Prevention’

What Your Company Needs to Know about Preventing Backflow

Monday, August 6th, 2018

RPZ backflow prevention deviceFirst, let’s start with what backflow is. Whether we’re talking about a residential building or a business, backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow in a potable water distribution through a cross-connection. Essentially, an outgoing faucet like a sprinkler head or drinking fountain can suck water back up and into the public potable water supply. It’s easy to understand how this can be a problem, as it can be very unhygienic and can make people ill.

Backflow prevention is a service that is sometimes helpful for homeowners—for instance, if you have an irrigation system in place—but is particularly necessary for businesses and commercial buildings. In fact, in most jurisdictions, it is legally required that commercial buildings have a backflow prevention system in place. According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), our area is no exception.

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What Is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“Backflow” is a term used to describe non-potable water or other contaminants that back up through your pipes and enter your home through the sink or other fixtures. Backflow is a significant problem because it can expose your home to all manner of sickness or disease. The good news is that our civic water system in Glenview, IL is normally very reliable, so such incidents rarely happen. But when they do, it can be disastrous. The solution is a backflow prevention device installed in your home by professional plumbers. What is a backflow prevention device? Read on for the answers.

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