Challenges Chicago Property Owners May Face When Flooding Occurs
Areas of Chicago are at risk for both flood and water damage any time the storm sewers are stressed with high usage. As in other established urban areas, the local drainage systems are not always up to the demands of current water use. Torrential rains, not an uncommon event in these days of weather pattern change, put, even more, pressure on the city’s infrastructure, with consequences for the homeowners and businesses in these regions of Chicago.
Because of the challenges presented by the aging drains and sewer systems in these areas of Chicago, homes and commercial buildings suffer from flooding and accompanying water damage. The problems that arise are sometimes weather related, but other events occur that expose residents and businesses to the possibility of many inches of water flowing into their properties. For example, if a water main breaks because of deteriorating materials or is damaged by construction or other accidents, that extra flow may find its way into the basements nearby.
Floodwaters may recede on their own, but the damage done by the during the time the water invades can be devastating. Backup from the overwhelmed sewers contains a broad range of contaminants. These include human and animal waste, bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, and more, depending on the contents of the sewer and the substances mixed into the runoff in the immediate neighborhood. Removing flood waters quickly is essential to minimizing the effects of water damage.
The average home or business owner does not have the resources necessary to suction out quantities of water. In addition, since the flooding probably contains contaminants it is considered hazardous waste and must be collected and discarded following local regulations. Professional flood remediation is crucial, with trained
technicians operating powerful equipment like pumps and water extractors.
Flooding is just the first problem, as even just a few hours of contending with floodwaters put a property at risk of many secondary water damage complications. Water, especially dirty water, accelerates microbial growth. It also deteriorates common building materials such as wood, drywall, and metals. Unless speedy drying with air movers and dehumidifiers follows the pumps and extractors walls crumble, wood swells and warps, and metal rusts. Fast drying supports a seamless restoration. Slow reaction to water damage predicts the eventual need for demolition and replacement of structures and fixtures.
Chicago water and flood damage demand the tools, expertise, and training of professional restoration companies and their crews. Engage the services of a highly-qualified water and flood damage firm for the best outcome.
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