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Homeowner Tip: Storm Water Flooding Prevention

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Storms were heavy this summer in Chicago and flooded basements were common. To help you prepare for the next storm and avoid that pricey carpet-cleaning bill, we’ve put together a list of ways to prevent storm water flooding.

Gutters: Make sure your gutters are clean. This is the most important way to prevent flooding because if the gutters are clogged, water will fall directly next to the foundation increasing the chances of flooding.

Landscaping: This might not be a quick fix, but to prevent consistent flooding during every storm, it is important to evaluate the grade of your yard. The grade of your yard surfaces should slope away from the house.

Downspouts: Help divert water away from your home by extending your gutter down spouts farther out. Do not connect the downspouts to your foundation footer drain tiles or to underground dry wells. This will cause roof water to pour and further saturate the ground and cause basement flooding.

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Foundation: If you are considering a home addition, looking at a new home, or building one, make sure the foundation is 4-8ft above ground. Filling dirt in will cause water to flow over the foundation causing extreme storm water flooding.

Window Wells:  In addition to cleaning your gutters, it is important to check that your window wells do not contain any blockage.

 

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