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.
- Stay tuned in to any local news stations or radio stations and follow any instructions that are given.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure cell phones are charged or invest in a portable charger.
- 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
- Stay indoors if possible but also be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.
- Avoid walking through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock the average person off their feet.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Homeowners can perform some of these home improvements
themselves, while other improvements require a contractor or
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following list are the Cities and Villages in the Chicagoland area that offer rebate programs for homeowners that are looking into installing a Flood Control System, Clean Out Station or converting to an Overhead Sewer System.
- Arlington Heights (847-368-5000) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer System.
- Elmhurst (630-530-3000) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer System.
- Des Plaines (847-391-5380) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 on any type of Sewer Repair if the problem is in the right - of way. Also offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 off the installation of any flood mitigation/control system including Overhead Sewers, Flood Control Systems, or Battery Backup Systems.
- Glencoe (847-835-4111) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer or the installation of a Flood Control System.
- Morton Grove (847-965-4100) - Currently offering interest free loans for a conversion to an Overhead Sewer or the installation of a Flood Control System.
- Schaumburg (847-895-4500) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer system.
- Brookfield (708-485-7344) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $4000.00 for flood mitigation.
- Niles (847-588-8000)
- Glenview (847-904-4400) - Currently offering a cost sharing program for installation of Overhead Sewer system they will reimburse up to 50% of cost with a max of $7500.00.