As the weather continues to change and more intense storms occur in Chicago, residents should take precautions as increased downpours could lead to basement flooding.
Here are some steps homeowners can take to help prevent water from backing up into their basements:
· Disconnect downspout connections from the sewer system.
· Make sure to direct downspout flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can properly absorb the stormwater or use rain barrels to collect the water directly from the downspouts.
· Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
· Clear the area around downspouts to allow water to flow freely away from your foundation.
· Clear drains and sewers of debris to allow for drainage.
· Do not dump fats/oils/greases in private drains or public catch basins.
· For better resistance to flooding in the future, it can be helpful to install rain gardens, green landscaping, or stormwater trees in your yard to help retain rainwater.
In Chicago, the sewer system also handles rainwater removal. The Chicago Department of Water Management is working closely with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to increase the capacity of our drainage systems.
For more information, visit www.chicago.gov/water