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Your Basement Floods In Chicago

You need to find out where the water came from, if your basement floods in Chicago,  you also have to dry it out quickly to prevent mold, and don’t forget to find out how much it can cost to fix the issue.

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Whether you have insurance, or not, you should call 2nd Chance Water Restoration to get a free estimate on your basement floods, water damage, sewage cleanup, or mold removal at 630-546-2239!

You don’t have to live anywhere near a river, or in a flood plain to have water flood your basement despite the claims of some insurance companies, because flooding is a huge possibility for anyone with a basements their home, commercial property, or place of business.
The National Flood Insurance programs states that floods are the number one disaster in America and that is especially true in Chicago. The is a average of over three billion dollars in flood claims year. You need answers to all the questions regarding flooding in your basement, before you come home to knee deep water, so you know what to do, if flooding happens in your home.

Questions that you should ask yourself,when flooding happens in your home:

How did my house start flooding with water?

How can I stop the water from flooding even more in home?

How much will it cost to mitigate damage?

The most common causes of basement flooding include:

Design is the biggest reason why basements are prone to flood. Water doesn’t change tactics and always sinks to the lowest spot possible and since basements by definition are below ground level the root of the flooding problem is crystal clear. Your basement can become the swimming pool that you alway wanted, but didn’t want in the house, because things like sump pumps, drains, and other flood prevention apparatuses can and do fail from time to time. Sump pumps have a limited time, before they eventually fail for good, because they are man made and work constantly to prevent water from coming into the basement. Sump pump failure, plumbing supply line failure, and overflowing or backed sewer drains are three of the biggest reasons why basements in Chicago flood. Mitigation is important to start right away during a water extraction emergency.

Rain is also a very common culprit to basement flooding. Excessive amounts of rain especially in a very short period of time may overload your water prevention systems. The ground around your basement can get saturated very quickly with the right amount of rain and that leads to water pushing in through cracks in your basement’s foundation. Sump pumps are designed to keep up with this water flow, but they can fail, or simply get out gunned depending on the amount of water coming down from the sky.

A “weeping tile”, which is a drain tile system that leads water into the sewer system is around most basements and should be combined with a tar sealant should be on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, but a lot of older homes in Chicago simply don’t have it in place, or haven’t kept it properly maintained leading to even more floods than rain, and the lovely city sewers already cause. A lot of older homes don’t even have a weeping tile, or sump pump pit in Chicago,so it is a wonder that these homes don’t flood every time there is water. Your basement can flood pretty quickly, if these water proofing systems fail.

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The grade, or slope of your lawn can contribute to flooding in your basement,so the lawn and gardens should always be sloped away from your house. The rainwater should always be directed away from your house, if not directly into the sewer system. To make sure your law isn’t contributing to the flooding problem we suggest taking a walk in the rain around your house to make sure water isn’t pooling anywhere around the property.

Sewer backups in Chicago cause flooding all the time and you should consider yourself lucky, if you have a basement in Chicago and it hasn’t happened to you yet. Your sewer drains from your tubs and sinks tie into the sewer line at a spot lower than your basement so the water and sewage can flow safely away from your home, but if the sewer becomes clogged, or the water line rises than it doesn’t take much to have flooding in your basement.

Chicago is a community that was built entirely on a swamp. The city even raised the whole city a couple feet about a century ago, because the water had saturated the ground and flooding was a severe problem. Sump pumps which are set into basins drilled into the basement floor act a mechanical fail safe that pumps excess water out of the house. Water proofing experts suggest that you have a backup sump pump in case your primary pump fails. Some people even have three or four pumps, because they are tied of flooding. A sewer back flow prevention like a flapper one toilet that only allows water and sewage to flow one direction can be costly, but it can save you from having nasty sewage in your house and flooding your basement.

Restoration costs after a flooded basement:

The cost to dry out and restore your basement a is no joke and can run thousands depending on type of water, areas affected, how much water came in your home, and how much content was damaged. Having a company like 2nd Chance Water Restoration get there and get to work quickly will save you a lot of money in damages, because we will do the job fast and right the first time. An average flood job will cost an average of $2,500, or more in total cost. A minor flood that is just a couple inches can exceed $10k and a flood with more substantial damage can range in the tens of thousands of dollars range. The period of time that water sits also affects the cost to repair the damage, because it doesn’t take long for damage to spread and old to grow.

Drying out your basement as quickly as possible is essentially in reducing, or mitigating the goal damage to the property. It is important to vacuum, or extract, the water from floors and carpet pronto. Large air movers and industrial size dehumidifiers will be needed for heat, air flow and to reduce the humidity, or water in the air. One,or two box fans and a home owner dehumidifier won’t be sufficient and you are setting yourself up for a nightmare situation. Don’t even try to save towels, bedding, upholstery, or other cellulose material that has been flooded with sewage, or rainwater. Throw the wet materials away, or at least get them out of the home as quickly as possible. This wet stuff will grow mold quickly and will contribute to more damage being done to your property. Make sure to examine drywall, insulation, and wood framing, removing what needs to be removed, and drying out what can stay. Expert water restoration technicians like the service pros at 2nd Chance Water Restoration can help you determine what should go and what can stay. Mold spreads quickly as mold spores ca travel through air with ease. Addressing any concerns for future mold growth quickly will stop mold and prevent it from growing, before it even starts.

We can deal with your homeowners insurance company after your basement floods and bill them directly for the work that we do. You need to call your insurance company, if your basement floods, so that you can get a claim number, which allows us to bill them directly.

Some insurance companies deliberately omit floods, or other “acts of God”, so they don’t have to cover the cost of replacing water damages items, or home material, so make sure to speak to your agent and check your policy, before a water damage disaster strikes. Make sure that you are covered for flooding and other “acts of God”.

The insurance company should send out an adjuster right away to assess the damages. There are times, where they try to put this assessment off, which they shouldn’t, because items and materials damaged by water need to be removed and drying needs to start right away to avoid further damage. Insurance companies will be the first ones to use words like neglect, so they don’t have to pay for additional damages, so hold them accountable and try to get the adjuster to your home as soon as possible, so they have to cover the loss.

Whether you have insurance, or not, you should call 2nd Chance Water Restoration to get a free estimate on your basement floods, water damage, sewage cleanup, or mold removal at 630-546-2239!

We will deal with the flood water, remove the damaged items, clean up the mess, deal with any mold, or mildew issues and get your basement back to it’s pre-loss condition.

2nd Chance Water Restoration provides professional sewage cleanup, mold remediation, and water damage pro services to an area that includes the city of Chicago, the rest of Cook County, eight nearby Illinois counties (Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee), and the two Indiana counties of Lake and Porter.

Our service areas for our basement flooding, water damage, water removal, mold removal, sewage cleanup, and restoration also includes: AddisonAlgonquin, AlsipAntiochArlington HeightsAshburn Park, Auburn Park, ChicagoAurora, Austin Chicago, BarringtonBartlettBataviaBeecherBellwoodBerkleyBerwyn, Big Rock, Bloomingdale, Blue IslandBolingbrook, Braidwood, BridgeviewBristol, Broadview, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Burbank, Burnham, Burr Ridge, Calumet CityCarol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Cedar Lake, Chicago Heights, Chicago Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Cicero, Clarendon HillsCountry Club Hills, Cragin, Crest Hill, Crete, Crown Point, Crystal Lake, Darien, DeerfieldDes Plaines, Division Street, DoltonDowners Grove, Downtown ChicagoDundee, Dunning, Dyer, East Chicago, Edgebrook, Edgewater, Elburn, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Elsdon, Elwood, Englewood, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Fort Dearborn, Fort Sheridan, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Frankfort, Franklin Park, Garfield Park, Gary, Geneva, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights, Glenview, Glenwood, Graceland, Grand Crossing, Grayslake, Great Lakes, Griffith, Gurnee, Hammond, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Hardwood Heights, Harvard, Harvey, Hawthorne, Hazel Crest, Hebron, Hickory Hills, Highland, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillside, Hines, Hinsdale, Hobart, Hoffman Estates, Homer Glen, Hometown, Homewood, Huntley, Hyde Park, Ingleside, Irving Park, Island Lake, Itasca, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, Joliet, Justice, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake in the Hills, Lake Station, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lakeview, Lansing, Lemont, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Lisbon, Lisle, Lockport, Logan Square, Lombard, Lowell, Lyons, Manhattan, Maple Park, Marengo, Markham, Matteson, Maywood, Mc Henry, Medinah, Melrose Park, Merrillville, Michigan City, Midlothian, Montgomery, Naperville, New LenoxPlainfield, Plano, Portage, Porter, Posen, Prospect Heights, Ravenswood, Richmond, Richton Park, Ringwood, River Forest, River Grove, Riverdale, Riverside, Robbins, Rogers Park, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville, Rosemont, Roseland, Ross, Round lakeSchaumburg, Schererville, Schiller Park, Shorewood, Skokie, South Chicago, South Elgin, South Holland, South Shore, Spring Grove, St. Charles, St. John, Steger, Stock Yards, Chicago, Stone Park, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Summit-Argo, Techny, Thornton, Tinley Park, Uptown, Valparaiso, Vernon HillsVilla Park, Wadsworth, Warrenville, WaucondaWaukegan, Wayne, West Chicago, Westchester.

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You can control who does the work in your home and no one can force you to use a specific water damage restoration company. Do your research on who the best restoration company in the Chicago area and it is hard not to choose 2nd Chance Water Restoration to cleanup your basement floods.