This January's record arctic weather created minor disasters for many residences in the Chicagoland area. If certain precautions weren't followed as described in the previous newsletter, many homes were subject to freezing and burst pipes. This created thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes and businesses everywhere in the Midwest region. However, this cold weather is starting to take a turn and create a new potential hazard for homeowners. Flooding and sewer backups. We have been getting a little melt off with the snow. Today we are expecting significant showers with warmer weather. This will cause an expedited melting of the snow in addition to the rain which may overwhelm the city sewers. In the event that the city's main sewers take on more water than they can handle, all of the excess water will be pushed back into the private drains going into residential homes and coming up the floor drains causing basements to flood if flood control systems aren't in place.
TIPS TO HELP PREVENT FLOODING
INSTALL FLOOD PREVENTIONS SYSTEMS OR MAKE SURE THEY HAVE BEEN CHECKED
Flood control systems are a combination of a pump and back water valve (check valve) installed in a basin to prevent the back flow of water from the city's main sewer. Without this, you run the risk of having your basement flood. Contact us to find out more information at
773-299-0634 or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE COUNTY NEW TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HOME
If you need help checking to see if your flood prevention systems are working properly, you may mention this Email and get a full service same day inspection to make sure your systems are running properly. If you have any additional questions or concerns, or would like to inquire about more of our services, just call 773-299-0634 and we would be glad to help!
Clear Your Storm Drains - Help local drainage by clearing storm grates of snow and debris.
* Check Your Sump Pump - Ensure your sump pump is working properly by pouring water into the pit. Test backup sump pump batteries. Verify that the sump pump discharge pipe outside of your home is not frozen, clogged, or blocked in any way. If you have a backup sump pump, make sure it is readily available if it becomes necessary to do a quick replacement due to failure.
* Inspect the Interior and Exterior of Your Home - Check to make sure your gutters and downspout extension pipes are free of snow, ice, and any other objects. Remove any snow, ice, and debris. Move snow on the ground away from your home and provide a clear drainage path.
* Protect Personal Belongings - Due to the high winds, bring items inside from outdoors, or tie them down (such as patio furniture). Also, protect items in the basement or crawlspace from water damage by elevating them off the floor or moving them upstairs.