Why does Chicago have such big problems with basements flooding?
Too many Chicago home and business owners are familiar with the heartbreak and aggravation of descending down their basement stairway to find that the Chicago sewer system flooded the basement destroying clothes, furniture, drywall, carpet, and all kinds of other personal valuables not to mention family mementos.

However, there are many ways to avoid being the next victim of basement flooding, after a big rainfall, heavy shower, or unexplained sewer mishap. Our experts on water damage, sewage cleanup, and mold removal services at 2nd Chance Water Restoration are available to help 24-7 365 days a year, if your basement floods, so call for a free estimate at 630-546-2239

 

Basement flooding in chicago

 

Q: Why do basements in Chicago flood so often?

A: Water always flows to the path of least resistance and it will find and work it’s way through door jams, windows, and the smallest of cracks in floors, walls, and framing. There will always be cracks in walls and basements that flood as long as men build homes. Basements that are completely below ground with no way for water to drain away from the house other than sump pumps are at the mercy of those pumps and electricity. Pumps tend to fail after a few years and electricity has been known to go out from time to time making flooding from occasional heavy rain storms a concern. Sump pumps also can not always keep up with mother nature’s fury. Some times the power and sump pumps are working to the best of the ability, but the rainwater is coming down too fast for them to keep up.

Q: Are there common cause for flooding that homeowners and business owners can check?

A: About 75% of the water damage problems that home and business owners have in their basements, or crawl spaces are a result of not managing rain water that comes off the roof properly. A lot of down spouts and drain pipes in the great Chicago area flow straight down the side of the building into the city sewers, but problems like blockage can occur fairly easily and the excess water going into a clogged drain will flood a basement, or crawl space in a hurry. The horrible part about flooding in your crawl space is that it can go unnoticed, until the odor becomes really bad.

You would also be very surprised how many homes actually have serious water damage issues, because of their lawn sprinkler systems, or the sprinkler systems of their neighbor whose lawn slopes toward their house. Check your down spouts and make sure there isn’t a spot around your home, or commercial building that pools water. Make sure to walk around the property from time to time in the rain to check these potential water damage issues out.

Broken sewer pipes in a Chicago basement

Broken sewer pipes in a Chicago basement

 

Q: How can buyers protect themselves from buying a property with water damage and flooding issues?

A: Do not buy a home, commercial property, or any building that you think may have had water, or mold damage, until you had the opportunity to visit it during, or immediately after a serious rainfall. You would be surprised how many people try to sell their property knowing that there are serious water damage issues and basement flooding issues without disclosing the info. You can also obscure, or hide the effects of water, and mold damage especially on dry days.

Q: How can a basement or crawl space flood be cleaned up?

A: You should consider hiring a mold test coming to come out and inspect for mold, if there are obvious signs of mold, or if you suspect that water has been on the crawl space, or basement for a considerable amount of time,

Q: How many crawl spaces have you cleaned out?

A: We have literally cleaned hundreds of crawl spaces in Chicago and surrounding towns like Addison, Lombard, Naperville, Lisle, and Plainfield amount others.

Q: How do I know that you are the best option in Chicago to clean sewage out of my basement, or crawl space?

A: You can check us out on any of the local restoration review sites including, Facebook, Google, or Yelp and see that we have a very solid reputation as one of the best, if not the absolute best in regards to providing quality customer service satisfaction.

Q: Can you work with our insurance company and bill them for the water damage, sewage removal, or mold remediation?

A: If you have insurance coverage for your particular water damage, mold removal, and sewage back up issue, then we can definitely work with them directly. We can often bill them 100% for our work, if you have a good claim number and sign the merger you service agreement allowing them to work with us on the billing and scope of water, or mold work to be done.

Calling a water damage restoration company like Chicago’s 2nd Chance Water Restoration is great idea, if the water damage disaster recently occurred, because we can use our professional experience and industrial size air movers and dehumidifiers to get the moisture levels and the humidity in the home to drop drastically in a hurry. We are experts at drying and cleaning up crawl spaces and basements that have flooded due to excessive rain, sewage back up, or plumbing supply line failure.

Sewage damage is an very serious problem, when the sewage water comes inside of your home, business, or commercial property. This sewage water is harmful because it contains, diseases, fungi and bacteria and can cause severe health issues or mold growth.

2nd Chance Water Restoration uses sewage cleanup techniques to return the building to a safe, useable place to live or work.

Homeowners, property owners, and business owners in Chicago should be judicious in protecting their homes, places of business, and properties from plumbing failure. You should inspect and replace worn pipe fittings, plumbing connections, and hoses to household appliances that use water at least once, or twice a year to avoid future water damage. Don’t forget to check the washing machines, dishwashers, kitchen sinks and bathroom lavatories, refrigerator icemakers, water softeners, sump pumps, and humidifiers.

An insurance policy may, or may not have you covered for your particular water damage issue, but 2nd Chance Water Restoration of Chicago, IL can you help you find the right solution to your water damage, or mold issues no matter what. 2nd Chance Water Restoration can work with and directly bill your insurance company in Chicago, Illinois, if you are covered, have a claim number, and we don’t even have to collect a cent from you to get going.

2nd Chance Water Restoration offers 24 hour service 7 days a week, 365 days a year, because sewage and water damage can happen to your home, business, or commercial property at any time. Call 630-546-2239 for a free water removal, or mold removal estimate today! 

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It is my sincere hope that this blog has provided some good information, tips, and explained why Chicago is known for it’s problems with basements flooding across the city. Hopefully, you know who to call now with your water removal and flooding emergencies.