Prevent Winter Flooding

Help Prevent Winter Flooding

The National Weather Service is forecasting that warmer weather will move into the area this week. As frozen ground is unable to absorb water and snow, run-off immediately flows to the sewers. As a result, flooding may occur when sewer systems become overwhelmed from the combination of normal sewage flow, rain water and snow melt. Protect your home and street from flooding with the following tips from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD):

  • Make sure storm drains are clear and not buried under snow drifts. 
  • Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. 
  • Keep your gutters clear. When they are blocked, water will pour over the edges, landing on the ground next to your home. If you have cracks in the concrete wall of your basement or problems with your tile, this water could enter your home.
  • If your home is prone to flooding, you may want to remove valuable items from basement floors.
  • If your home has a backwater valve installed on the sewer, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to ensure that it is functioning properly.