Posted on: January 5, 2018

Basement Flooding & Water Damage Help for Village Residents


Many of us can remember the James Taylor song Fire and Rain. Unfortunately, there often is a correlation between these two events. Water infiltration and/or flooding can create serious hazards that may not appear for days, weeks, months, or even years after the initial event.

Sadly, this is the case in a home that was subject to basement flooding during the recent storms. The water came up and caused a significant amount of damage. If that wasn’t bad enough, an electrical appliance that had been exposed to the water started a fire.

Water can cause unexpected, hidden, and massive damage to the indoor air quality, electrical, fuel gas, thermal, and structural components of your home. The village of Oak Brook has adopted the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code which contains specific guidelines for addressing water damage in structures. Development Services inspectors are available to visit your home and provide expert assistance with your remediation plan. As your village employees, we are there to view the damage, review the work plan, and verify that the work is carried out according to the approved plan. This will involve permits- the cost of which are typically covered by the insurance company. Even if they are not- we provide the most economical professional third-party oversight found anywhere.

If you have water damage or flooding in your home, please contact Development Services 630/368-5101 development_services@oak-brook.org so that we can help return your home to the safety that you deserve.

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