Major basement flooding in Denver & Chicago

Posted by Matt Buchanan

The past week has seen major flooding in Denver as well as the Chicagoland area, causing thousands of flooded basements as sump pumps reach their exhaustion point and water tables rise. And unfortunately it doesn’t appear like the weather is going to let up, especially in Chicago where more downpours are expected.

 

Rains hammer Denver & flood basements throughout the metro area

 

flooding-weather-rain-coloradoAfter months of steady rains, Denver has continued to be the focus of Mother Nature’s wrath, and this time steady rains turned into torrential down pours. With an already elevated water table, basements have been under a steady assault and the recent heavy rains were too much to bear for thousands of cellars in the area. By some estimates, as many as 3,000 flooded basements have occurred in Denver over the course of the last week, and with the potential for more rain that number could rise. (image courtesy of the Denver Post)

 

Chicago sees its first major spring storm cause major basement flooding

 

basement-sewage-damageIt’s been extremely quiet in Chicago for the past several months. After an incredibly wet spring last year, the winter was milder than anticipated and this spring has been unusually dry. Unfortunately, that has all come to a screeching halt as heavy rain storms have overwhelmed the city and caused significant basement water damage throughout the metro area. While much of the flooding has been a result of ground water entering homes, these heavy storms also overwhelm portions of the City’s combined sewer systems. If your home floods due to a sewage backup when it rains heavily, this is most likely the culprit.

 

What can I do if my basement is flooding?

 

Flooded basementWhether you’re in Denver, Chicago, or anywhere else in the country and you’re watching your basement flood due to spring rain showers, there are a couple of things you should do immediately. The first, and hopefully most obvious thing you should do is call a certified water damage company. Notice we didn’t say call your insurer, they won’t be able to contain the damage and mitigate the loss. They are just going to tell you to call a mitigation company for help. So don’t waste a step and time by waiting on your adjuster. Call us, or another certified restoration contractor in your area for immediate assistance.

If you can accurately determine that the water is grey water (meaning rain water from outside), then if you can safely turn off your electricity to your house and then enter the basement to remove any items that are in harm’s way and might get wet, please do so. If the smell indicates it’s sewage water, please do not go down into the basement. Again, call for immediate help from a certified basement water cleanup company!

Many people think one way they can help is by removing standing water in their basement while they wait for the cavalry to arrive. The reality is that this can be dangerous. In many cases, the water inside your basement is acting as a pressure force counterbalancing the wall of water just on the other side of your basement. Should you remove the inside water too quickly, the weight of the outside water might be too much for your basement walls to withstand. Should that happen, they are prone to collapsing. For this reason, and a host of others, we can not stress more emphatically that trying to cleanup basement water on your own is a terrible idea. Please, give us a call now if you’ve suffered basement water damage so that we can begin the process of getting you back on your feet quickly!

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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