If you are like many people in Chicago, you may not know who is actually in charge of HOA plumbing responsibilities in your condo or coop. The truth of the matter is that if you have an HOA, there are different people who are responsible for maintenance of certain areas and components of the building. In most cases, the tenant is responsible for things that occur inside of their personal dwelling. As such, if you have a clogged toilet or leaky faucet, it may be your responsibility to take care of it. That isn’t always the case, though, as plumbing pipes within the walls are a bit of a gray area.
There are many joys to condominium ownership. You have your piece of real estate that appreciates in value and you don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn. However, condo ownership doesn’t mean it won’t require maintenance or emergencies don’t happen. They do. In a condo, if there is a plumbing problem, it needs to be handled quickly and professionally to avoid damaging other units.
One of the most consistent questions to come up regarding a homeowners association (HOA) is who is responsible for maintenance needs. This might come up after someone’s dishwasher floods a building, when mold is found in a building due to a leak, or a pipe gets a hole and causes flooding. Knowing whether the HOA is responsible for handling the situation or not is a common question, and the answer is a bit more complicated than you might think. (more…)
City Of Chicago Sewer Backup
Street Flooding In Chicago
While we were driving around playing Emergency Plumber in Chicago Yesterday.
We really took notice to the new plumbing and sewer flooding phenomenon in Chicago.
FLOODING ALERT… Quick Lesson….
In the old days you had to be watching television to hear that annoying loud public service announcement chirp / ALERT.
Nowadays, you can be anywhere, work, church, resting while baby naps….
The Flash Flood warning on your Phone will get your attention about local flooding in Chicago.
When someone hears this warning, most will immediately start to think about their basement flooding.
With heavy rains, basement flooding in Chicago is very common due to the amount of rainfall in short period of time, sewers were not designed to handle that amount of rainfall in a short amount of time. Therefore causing sewer backups into basements.
To alleviate homeowner’s concerns the city has begun installing Water Restrictors in Curb Drains to help keep basement’s dry.
Called the “RainBlocker Program”, visit the below link for more information.
Positive & Negatives of Restrictors on Chicago Curb Drains.
- Helps Keep the Water Out of Basement
- Helps keep basement Dry
- Prevents Sewage
- No need to waste your entire next day, cleaning out basement… (you get the point)
- Curb Restrictors can cause Flooding in Streets. Making tasks such as loading Children into car, getting in and out of car or Uber very difficult.
- Parking Car on Street. Yes, your basement flooding is a costly affair. But have you ever stopped to consider and think about parking your new car on a street with a high curb before a flash flood rain storm. We all have heard of Katrina Bombs. Guess we can call your flood car a “Chicago Curb Restrictor Bomb” I wonder if this type of flooding is covered by car insurance?
We support dry basements it’s good for everyone’s health. Just want to point out that flooded streets turning cars into sunken boats might not be a good thing.
You might wonder what makes plumbing different from a condominium when compared to a single-family home. The systems are often mostly the same; however, when one person has a plumbing problem in a condo, it can escalate and cause issues for the others living in the building. Those who own a condo need to take specific actions to ensure these issues rarely happen and the residents are happy and comfortable. (more…)
Most of us are not all that proactive about emergency services. For example, home and property owners usually wait to pick up a phone and call a plumbing service until it is absolutely essential. In other words, they might choose a service provider only at the moment a disaster strikes, and that sort of pressure never leads to the best choice possible. To overcome that particular issue, we offer four factors to use as you pre-select your plumbing service provider. (more…)
Having the knowledge necessary to hire a plumber can make life a whole lot easier when you find that one is needed. You never know when you’re going to have an issue with a burst pipe, leaky faucet, or flood from the water heater. That’s why understanding the best questions to ask a plumbing contractor can make life a lot easier. Here are a few things to consider before you sign a contract. (more…)
Everybody’s drains get clogged eventually. Whether it’s a bathtub drain, a sink drain, or a larger plumbing line drain, there are various methods and tactics for cleaning and unclogging the drain in the best way possible. If you’re looking for a professional plumbing service to get your drains cleaned as efficiently as possible, you have a variety of options at your disposal. (more…)
Most people do not spend much time thinking about the plumbing in their home. In fact, they don’t think about plumbing until they realize that there is a problem or an emergency that needs to be taken care of right away. If you discover a plumbing problem, and you believe it is an emergency, you should contact an emergency plumber who can help take care of the matter as quickly as possible. (more…)
Amongst the family, friends, take out services, and other numbers you keep in your phone’s contacts, do you also have a plumbing service? If not, you really should. Why? Because no matter how good we are at home maintenance, most of us have at least one major plumbing problem that strikes when we least expect it, and which can bring our household to a stop. The kitchen sink that just won’t drain no matter what you do or the toilet that remains plugged…these are things that we think we can overcome, but at least once we just can’t. And if there is the worst time to look for a quality plumbing service, it is when you desperately need help.