Recently, there have been flash flood warnings in Chicago. As we explained in our blog, “Heavy Rainfall in Chicago land leads to Flood Damage,” the area has experienced near-record precipitation this spring, the most rain to start a year since 1998. As a result, flooding has become an issue for numerous homeowners, but what many do not realize is that it doesn’t take a great deal of rain to cause a problem. Flash flooding typically occurs within two hours of the start of high-intensity rainfall, when the ground can simply not absorb the rain as quickly as it is falling. This is especially true in cities and neighborhoods where sidewalks, roadways, buildings, and driveways inhibit natural absorption. These man made structures increase runoff, which increases the likelihood of flash floods. With nowhere else to go, this runoff can find its way into your home, causing tremendous damage.
Dealing with Flash Floods
Flash floods happen in a flash, often striking with little warning. Because of this, there is often little you can do after flooding occurs to minimize damage. The secret is to be prepared ahead of time, especially if you live in areas prone to flooding or flash floods.
- Make sure your sump pump is in proper, working order. Your sump pump is your home’s first line of defense against water damage. Click Here to learn more about sump pump maintenance.
- Invest in flood insurance, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding. What many homeowners do not realize is that flooding is typically not covered in most standard homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Develop a family disaster plan, including a flood specific plan, so your family knows what to do when the unthinkable happens.
- Know who to call in the event of flood damag
Flood Damage Restoration in Chicago
If you find water accumulating in your basement during a storm, do not panic. Take a deep breath, collect your thoughts, and call ServiceMaster of Lincoln Park. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and handle flood damage with the utmost care, speed, and effectiveness. As an IICRC Certified company, we will do everything possible to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “’Flash Flood Warning in Chicago!’ Threatens Local Homes,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.