Home Damage from Winter Weather

From significant flooding to record amounts of snow, the extreme precipitation over the last year has taken its toll on homeowners. As the temperature rises and falls above and below freezing, residents may discover water damage on their homes.

“It started leaking in large-like waterfalls,” Naperville homeowner Kristin Wertheimer describes. She says the fluctuating temperatures caused melting snow on the roof to wreak havoc on her ceiling.

“What happened was the water got under the roof panels, underneath the shingles and when it refroze, it expanded and then when it melted again, it created this beautiful piece this beautiful piece of ceiling that you see here.”

But the cost and extent of work is no laughing matter – the roof needs to be replaced, all the family room walls need to be redone because of water damage behind them, and she’ll even need a new hardwood floor.

As if that weren’t enough, Wertheimer also had to remove all the carpeting in her basement because the flood last April caused sewer water to seep into house.

“Came back home to find a very pungent smell when I opened the door and found out later through investigation that it had been a pipe that backed up into my house.

So to prevent this from happening again in the future, Wertheimer had a device installed in her home called a modified overhead sewer.

“Now what it does is it takes all the drains that are in the downstairs area to the pumping pit,” said Tony Conn, Supervisor for Department of Public Utilities (Water). “When it comes on, it pumps the sewage up to about the first-floor level and then back down again, protecting all of these lower drains.”

Wertheimer will be reimbursed from the city 75% of the cost to have that device installed, which was more than $4,000.

Any wastewater customer who experiences a sewer backup during a heavy rainstorm like she had can qualify for that reimbursement of a sewer back up prevention device.

And thanks to an extra $60,000 from a Community Development Block Grant, the city will reimburse residents with a low-to-mid income the full expense of installing a sewer backup prevention device.

“Especially with a recent flooding last year, we saw a big need for that type of devices and it is fairly costly so for those that might need some financial assistance it would be a great program,” said Anna Straczek, Grant Coordinator for the City of Naperville.

Participating residents must be pre-approved by the department of public utilities and then submit an application to determine if they’re eligible for financial assistance. For more information, visit naperville.il.us.

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