Nightmare in Northwest Indiana & South Cook County, Illinois: Backflow and Water Contamination!
Lions, and tigers, and bears! OH MY! Thankfully, backflow involves none of those things, but it can be the thing of nightmares for our commercial clients in Northwest Indiana & South Cook County, Illinois. Essentially, municipal distributors send clean water going one direction—to your commercial property. Sewage goes the opposite direction in a separate pipe; however, certain conditions can cause the sewage waste water to reverse directions and enter the clean water being sent to your home or business. These types of scenarios are called backflows. Thankfully, businesses are required to have backflow preventer devices, and Reichelt is here to give you more information.
It may not seem like a big deal; however, there are other circumstances that could pollute the “potable” water (which is the clean water you use in your business to wash hands, flush toilets, or clean things). For example, sprinkler or irrigation systems can cause backflow and pollute the water for surrounding homes and businesses. In one reported backflow emergency, over 1500 people were sick and 98 people died from consuming or interacting with the polluted water.
To give you an example, if the firefighters come to your neighborhood, they hook up to the local fire hydrants and use high pressure water hoses to put out the fires. Because they use such a heavy supply of the main water, the pressure in the supply pipes will decrease. If backflow prevention devices are not properly installed, a back-siphonage of sewage waste water could enter the fresh water system. This is not the firefighter’s fault; instead, it is the responsibility of business owners and the city to ensure the preventative measures are installed where appropriate. By law, those who own commercial alternate water sources must install backflow preventer devices in the points of cross connection between potable and non-potable water. These devices must be inspected regularly to ensure the public’s fresh water supply is protected and of the highest possible quality. Reichelt Plumbing installs and inspects backflow devices.
At Reichelt Plumbing, we offer both residential plumbing services and commercial plumbing services. Locally owned and operated, we have been in business for over 25 years, and we owe our longevity and success as a business to our unwavering commitment to satisfy all our customer demands in a timely fashion. For money saving tips, coupons, and testimonials, visit us on the web. And feel free to contact one of our friendly representatives with any questions or service needs.
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