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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

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!