Friday, December 29, 2017
With the continued frigid temperatures, frost lines may have gone deeper into the ground than usual. As a result, water service pipes that would not normally be at risk for freezing can be vulnerable and residents are advised to keep a very small amount of water running through their water service at all times during the severe weather. This is particularly important for water pipes on exterior walls, but with this season's prolonged cold, it is advised even for properties that do not have water pipes on exterior walls. Additionally, keep cabinet doors that have piping inside open to allow for air circulation. These tips are especially essential if your home has previously experienced frozen pipes.
If a pipe does freeze or burst in your home please don't try to fix the issue yourself unless you have experience with these extreme weather situations. Call our office right a way to schedule a service call.
Here are some tips to keep your outside pipes from freezing:
Carefully check your irrigation system and turn off or adjust run times and spray patterns to avoid creating over spray that could create dangerous ice.
Caulk around pipes where they enter the house and make sure to close all foundation vents. Open vents are the biggest cause for frozen or split water pipes. Once the Spring comes remember to open foundation vents to prevent dry outs.
Disconnect hoses from outside faucets. This prevents water being trapped in them and avoids the possibility of the water freezing.
Familiarize yourself and anyone living in the home with the main water shut off valve. The valve is usually located about 18" from the foundation located where the water line enters the home.
Protect outside pipe and faucets from freezing temps. For most newer homes, most hose bibs are frost free, meaning the shut off valve is deep inside an insulated wall to prevent freezing. If you are not sure if your hose bib is frost free you should wrap the bib with rags covered in plastic or molded foam insulated covers to wrap the faucets. You can pick up molded foam covers at most plumbing or hardware retail stores.
Shut off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems, including the Back Flow Prevention device installed on your irrigation system. Some systems require a blow out with a large compressor. If your system needs to be blown out it should be done by a professional, we can help with that!
As temperatures rise, so does the potential for heavy rains. Here are a list of the headlines used by the National Weather Service and their meaning.
- FLASH FLOOD WARNING : Water levels are forecast to rise rapidly, causing inundation within a few hours. Rapid rises in small streams, urban areas, and downstream of dam or levee failures pose a serious threat to life and property.
- FLOOD WARNING: Rising water over a period of time will impact life and property across widespread areas. This warning may be issues hours to days in advance of the event.
- FLOOD ADVISORY: Issued when rising or ponding of water could cause a significant inconvenience but does not pose a significant threat to life or property.
- FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Conditions are favorable for flash flooding, but occurrence is neither certain or imminent.
- FLOOD WATCH: Rising water over a period of time may result in flooding. In situations where a river crest is moving down stream, the watch may be issued days in advance.
Sources: Frank Wachowski, National Weather Services Archives
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.