Basement Flooding in Chicago

Basement flooding is becoming more and more prevalent in Chicago because of the changes happening in the weather. Chicago is seeing new storms that can produce heavy rains that are very localized and harder to predict. These storms can bring 2 or more inches of water per hour to a given Chicago neighborhood. When that happens, the local sewers, which were not designed for these types of storms, fill up very quickly and overwhelms the local system. One of the recent storms dumped 8 inches of water on Chicago. When that happens, instead of the water coming from homes into the sewer, the water backs up from the sewer into the homes making for a homeowner’s nightmare. What can be done? How can you protect your property and keep your basement from flooding? Isn’t it time to invest in Chicago flood control systems?

The city itself has acknowledged this problem and has started to work to improve the sewer infrastructure, but there are some 4,400 miles of sewer main in Chicago, so it can’t happen quickly. The city will work with residents to solve localized flooding problems, but a majority of the residents must be onboard for it to work. So, they are asking that residents help keep as much water as possible out of the sewer system during the heavy rains.

One of the best ways a homeowner can help is by disconnecting their gutters to disallow the storm water to flow into the sewer system. This can be done by diverting the water to the yard and/or using rain barrels, which can collect the water for homeowner use in watering their gardens and yard. The problem with this approach is that if a preponderance of your neighbors doesn’t do it – your sewer can still back up. This group approach to solving your basement problems is a great way to go but it can be very difficult to get everyone onboard a program like this. All flooding is localized so even if half the homeowners are conscientious about reducing storm water in the sewers, the other half can still overwhelm the system and flooding still happens. One of the best ways to help yourself is to install a flood control system in Chicago to protect your home from this pervasive problem. A sewer backflow valve will not allow water to come from the sewer into your home. It works by simply closing when water comes from the sewer into your home.

Flood Control Systems in Chicago can be installed by certified plumbers who are aware of all the nuances of Chicago’s plumbing regulations. Many plumbers offer the service but why take your chances on getting someone who doesn’t’ specialize in these types of systems? Parks’ Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. has been serving Chicago with quality flood control systems since 1981 and is the innovator in the space. They have patented valves that will keep the water from coming through your pipes into your basement. They are also the most cost effective solution because, as the innovators, they do not only make better equipment but also less expensive equipment. They were even featured on Just Ask This Old House for their flood control expertise.

Parks’ Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. is also the one to call for Sump Pumps and Ejector Pumps in Chicago. They can install a pump system and can also install battery backup systems to keep your pumps going even when the power is disrupted.



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