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Prevent Flood Damage in Old Town With a Sump Pump


    According to the water damage specialists at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, a properly installed and well-maintained sump pump can greatly reduce the chances of facing flood damage in your Old Town, IL home or business.

    More than 60% of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness, notes the American Society of Inspectors. A sump pump system, found in the basement or crawlspace of homes and businesses, can prevent excess water from becoming a big problem. It controls how much water gathers beneath your property and then pumps it out to a municipal storm drain or a dry well after it’s collected.

    Spring is the perfect time to ensure that your sump pump is running properly and efficiently because it doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your property. A moist basement can also lead to mold damage and mildew growth, which bring many related health and breathing hazards.

    Here are some helpful strategies to keep your sump pump running properly and efficiently:

    • Read the owner’s manual to the sump pump and follow all of its directions.
    • Clean the pump screen or inlet opening every three to four months. If your pump collects the discharge from an automatic washing machine, clean it more often. Before removing the pump, disconnect the unit from its power source and reconnect it after you’re done cleaning it. Next, pour enough water into the sump to cycle through the pump to ensure it’s working properly.
    • Remove and clean the pump annually. The sump pit should be cleaned at this time, too. Unless your pump instruction manual indicates otherwise, no lubrication or other maintenance should be needed.
    • Consider installing a water alarm that detects water leaks before they cause costly water damage and/or mold growth. With an alarm, leaks from water heaters, sink drains, broken hoses, or other sources are detected immediately. Remember, fast detection of excess water is the key to minimizing water and flood damage.

    Contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons immediately at 773-376-1110 if water and flood damage has occurred on your property. We’re standing by 24/7 to assist you with water removal, repair, and restoration. We’re trained, equipped, and ready to restore your property to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

      About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons
      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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