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Is Your Home Prepared for a Flood Warning?


With Spring in full swing, Chicagoland households need to get real about the threat of flooding.

Floods are destructive and unpredictable. Not only can they destroy livelihoods and cause injuries or deaths, but they can also cause extensive damage to your home or business and cut off essential services.

In addition to managing any physical damage to your property, dealing with flood damage is always an extremely stressful and emotional process, especially if you are caught unprepared for the storm. Flooding is more common than you may think in Chicago, and being caught off guard could bring a slow and costly recovery.

Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, our professionals have seen multiple flood situations that could have been prevented before the storm even hit.  Commit to a few hours of improving your home’s security and follow our quick and easy tips to bring peace of mind that your house will remain strong against any potential flood threats.  

First, it’s important to understand the flood risk in your specific Chicagoland neighborhood or suburb so you can prepare your home or property accordingly for immediate response when heavy rains or storm surges threaten the area.

Easy ways to prepare include:

  • Determine potential flood problem areas
  • Figure out your best relocation route
  • Consider carpet alternatives if your area is particularly flood prone
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Make a household plan and secure hazardous items
  • Roll up any rugs and move furniture, electrical items and other valuables to a higher level
  • Waterproof or move important documents for safekeeping

Since basements are the lowest point of your home, they typically get hit with the most water damage since they tend to flood first. When flood disasters strike, trust that we can get an expert team of technicians out to your property within hours. Oftentimes with our quick response, it’s possible to salvage your property and belongings and restore them before they are ruined.

Here’s how our process works:

  • Upon arrival, we’ll assess your flooding situation and determine the best plan of attack.  Not all water damage is created equal, and we take care to adjust our process to your specific needs.
  • Our first priority is to remove all of the water quickly before it begins to cause any permanent structural damage and other related problems.
  • After the water is removed, we’ll help remove affected personal belongings and content if desired.  We’ll also remove excess moisture from the flood area.
  • We will clean, sanitize and treat the area with an antimicrobial agent to prevent mold from forming.  We use green products specially developed for our company.
  • Sometimes, simply cleaning the area is not enough.  In these cases, we might consider removing affected drywall, baseboards, carpeting and/or padding.
  • Once the restoration process is complete, we will work with your insurance company so your claims are processed as fast as possible.

We understand that dealing with flooding on your property is one of the most stressful events a homeowner might encounter. Trust the professionals and let us help you bring your life back to normal so you can focus on what matters. Call ServiceMaster Restorations By Simons today for a free quote and any questions you may have!

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is a women-owned and family run company serving Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, and the North Shore. The business provides disaster restoration services for damages caused by water, fire, flooding, mold remediation, and a wide range of interior specialty cleaning (hoarder/clutter, post construction, carpet & upholstery) to residential and commercial customers residing in Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest and the North Shore. For more information, give us a call at 773-376-1110 or visit servicemasterbysimons.com.

Sam Simon
Sam Simon