Protecting Your Chicago New Home From a Flood

April 18, 2013

Chicago home flood protectionWith all of the rainy weather and flooding the Chicago area has been experiencing lately, many Chicago homeowners are wondering how they could have been better prepared.

One of the biggest forms of preparation when it comes to protecting your home from water damage is making sure you have flood insurance. Many homeowners don’t think about the damage that water can cause to their home until it’s too late. But, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is constantly working to keep the state’s flood maps updated with information on flood risks for different areas, so it is always a good idea to check the maps on a regular basis.

If your specific area isn’t considered a high risk flood area, insurance may not always be the best option. However, you should still know what you should do before, during and after any significant rainfall occurs.


  • Make sure your furnace, water heater, washer and dryer and other permanent equipment are kept in areas above the expected flood levels.
  • Schedule routine inspections for your generators and sump pumps.
  • Keep sandbags on had to divert unusually high water.


  • Be sure to have an evacuation plan.
  • Listen to the radio or television for storm and flooding updates.
  • If the storm gets bad, turn off utilities at the main power switch.
  •  Avoid walking or driving through rising waters.


  •  Remove standing water as soon as possible, especially in basements.
  • Wash and disinfect any areas affected by flooding.
  • Dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within one or two days after any flooding.
  • Report any loss to your insurance agent.

We hope all Chicago residents and your homes stay as dry as possible over the next few days!

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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