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It's FIX-A-LEAK WEEK

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Mark your calendars for the EPA's 9th annual Fix a Leak week which takes place March 20-26, 2017.

Did you know, more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide are wasted annually from household leaks?

Visit the EPA's website for a list of events happening in your area to educate yourself on how to save money by fixing leaks.

http://www.epa.gov/


CLEAN & CHECK DEPARTMENT OPENING

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, your Flood Control System is another year older!!! 

Our Clean & Check department officially reopens March 20th, 2017.

Look out for your reminder post card in the mail to take advantage of the coupon attached and don't forget to call in and schedule your annual maintenance check. 847-676-1931.

We can also check any Sump Pumps, Yard Drainage systems, and Battery Back-ups.  


Do's & Don'ts during a Flood

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Please read below for some tips of what to do and what not to do during a flood event or a torrential downpour.

  1. Stay tuned in to any local news stations or radio stations and follow any instructions that are given. 
  2. Sign up for any emergency alert systems your local area offers. Nowadays, most areas can notify you via text or email to alert you of any severe weather conditions that are headed your way.
  3. Majority of the time when we are experiencing severe weather, we also have to worry about power outages. Make sure to keep extra batteries handy for flash lights and battery operated radios. 
  4. Make sure cell phones are charged or invest in a portable charger.
  5. Electrocution is also a very serious matter to keep in mind during a flood event, current passes very easily through water. Avoid any downed power lines or electrical wires
  6. Stay indoors if possible but also be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.
  7. Avoid walking through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock the average person off their feet.
  8. Avoid driving if possible; six inches of water can also reach up to the bottom of most passenger cars, this can cause stalling or loss of control.
  9. If you do happen to find yourself in a situation where your car has stalled in a flooded area, evacuate immediately or as soon as you can. Floodwaters can rise at a rapid rate or even sweep your car away.
  • * some of these tips were found in the Northbrook Newsletter.

Village of Skokie Home Improvements Program

Friday, June 17, 2016


Excerpt From the Village of Skokie News Letter:

Your house should be protected from sewage backup that can cause costly damage and unsanitary conditions. The Village has made improvements to the sewer system to handle most normal rain storms; however, in severe rain storm sewers can fill up causing water to backflow into basements. Although there are several ways of preventing this, the two best methods are to install overhead sewers or a backwater valve flood control system. In an overhead system, waste water from the first or second floor is removed from the house through a pipe connected to the Village sewer that is at a higher level than the Village sewer. The higher elevation of the pipe helps prevent water from backing up into the house. An electric pump in the basement ejects any water from basement bathrooms, laundries or drains into the pipe that is connected to the sewer. Backwater valve flood control systems, on the other hand, stop sewage backup before it can enter the house with a check valve on the sewer line. This system generally requires the construction of an underground structure in the yard where a check valve is located. This valve lets waste water flow out of the house while keeping sewage from coming back in. It is important to maintain this valve annually to prevent failure during a storm event. These systems often contain an electric pump to force water out of the house system if the sewers are full. Both systems require electricity and should have a backup battery or generator system to assure their continued operation if the electricity goes out. The pumps in these systems require regular maintenance and may need replacement because of heavy usage. Homeowners can perform some of these home improvements themselves, while other improvements require a contractor or licensed plumber.

Financial assistance is available to income qualified households to make repairs as part of the Village’s Home Improvements Program. Please contact the Building and Zoning Division at 847/933-8223 to discuss your home repair issues, determine if a permit is required, get a list of contractors who have done work in the Village and to see if you are income-qualified for a grant or loan.

For the full article click the link below.

http://www.skokie.org/JuneJuly2016_NewSkokie.pdf

Evanston Residential Rain Barrel Program

Friday, April 22, 2016


Residential Rain Barrel Program

The City of Evanston has partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to offer free rain barrels and free rain barrel delivery to all eligible Evanston residential property owners. The barrels will be provided by the MWRD, but eligible Evanston property owners must submit their request through the City of Evanston (see below for application link).

Rain barrels are rainwater collection systems. They are 55-gallon drums installed outside of residences and connected to downspouts to collect storm water runoff from rooftops. Rainwater can be collected for lawn and garden watering during the hotter summer months, plant watering and car and window washing. Collecting rainwater and using it on your property decreases the amount of water that ends up in Evanston’s stormwater sewer system and the amount of water you have to purchase. Installing rain barrels can help reduced flooding while also saving you money on your water bill and conserving water.

Click on the link below to learn more information on how to get your rain barrel.

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/public-works/public-outreach/alternative-stormwater-management/residential-rain-barrel-program


IMPORTANT Announcement for Niles Residents

Friday, February 19, 2016


We have received word that the Village of Niles is almost out of funding to assist homeowners with the installation of systems to prevent sewage back ups in basements. If you are holding off on scheduling your FREE FLOOD CONTROL estimate, we strongly encourage you to call today to schedule and take advantage of any funds that are left. 847-676-1931


Village of Broadview offers Single Family homeowners Flood Assistance

Friday, February 19, 2016


The Village of Broadview now offers a reimbursement program to Single Family homeowners to defray a portion of the costs of providing protection from back up sewage in the basement. This program will assist in offsetting the cost a homeowner incurs when installing one of the following; Overhead Sewer, Backflow Prevention Valve, Left Station and Sump Pumps. You will be reimbursed 50% of the work up to $2500.00. Please contact your village to fill out an application and get further details.

http://broadview-il.gov/


Oak Park offering a Sewer Backup Protection Grant

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Great news for all Oak Park residents that experience sewer backups!

The Village is offering a grant program for qualifying homeowners that get sewage backup in their basements during times of heavy rain.

The program's intent is to offset a portion of the expense that a homeowner will incur to modify the building's plumbing system such that sewage cannot backflow in to the building when the Village sewers are full.

Eligible homeowners may qualify for a grant of 50% of the total cost of sewer back up prevention improvements, up to a maximum of $3,500.00, to install either an Overhead Sewer System or a Backflow Prevention System.

Click the link below to download the application.

http://www.oak-park.us/sites/default/files/Housing/sewer-backup-2014-packet.pdf


SKOKIE Residential Yard Drainage Assistance Program

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Residents of Skokie, did you know that the Village's Engineering Division offers a complimentary program to help residents address rear yard drainage issues!

At no cost to you, the village will examine the subject area and identify solutions that will help reduce ponding in the rear yard. They do not contribute to the implementation of the solutions but they will come out and start the process of identifying the problem and coming up with the best solution. Whether it be to install a catch basin, re-grade the yard or shifting downspouts, Parks' would be happy to come out and give you an estimate.

For more information about the Program, please contact the Village @ 847-933-8231 or visit www.skokie.org to access the Residential Yard Drainage Assistance Program form.

If you have already contacted the Village and are ready to move forward with the next step, please contact our office to set up your FREE ESTIMATE!


La Grange Park Reimbursement Program

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


The Village of La Grange Park is pleased to announce a program to assist single-family homeowners with the cost of plumbing improvements to address sanitary sewer related backups The program is being administered on a “first come – first served” basis, and will provide 50% reimbursement of eligible sewer related costs, subject to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for backflow devices or $5,000 for overhead sewers. The goal of the program is to encourage homeowners to improve their quality of life and enhance property values through the reduction of sanitary sewer backups. To accomplish this goal, $50,000 has been budgeted for the period of May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016.

For more information and application, please click on the link below.

http://www.lagrangepark.org/vertical/sites/{84B8C7A6-E0D4-419A-B9AB-402A81379BFC}/uploads/SBPP_-_2015_Program_Information_FINAL.pdf