flooded basement

Help! My Basement is Flooding – What Do I Do?

When the basement floods, you’re suddenly facing multiple problems. They all need attention right away, but you may not know where to begin. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we’ve been helping Chicago-area customers clean and restore flooded basements for more than 15 years.  In this blog, we’re compiling […]

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My Basement Flooded – Who Do I Call First?

Heavy rains and bad sump pumps aren’t the only reasons basements flood. Burst pipes fill the downstairs with water. A broken washing machine turns the basement into a wading pool. Whatever the cause, you’re facing a mess. Who do you call when you realize the basement in your home is flooded? Knowing who to call […]

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Help! My Sump Pump is Overflowing – What Do I Do?

Imagine this: It’s a cold, rainy night. The power just went out, the basement is starting to flood, and your sump pump – your last line of defense against water damage – is overflowing.  Sounds like a nightmare, right? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. Fortunately – you don’t have to face it alone. […]

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Flooded Basement Cleanup Cost: What You Should Expect

It can be the result of rain seeping through foundation cracks. It can happen when storms back up sewage lines. Sometimes, the sump pump gives out. Whatever the cause, your basement looks like an indoor pool. Do you take care of flooded basement repair yourself or call in professionals? Before you make a decision, consider […]

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Water In Basement But No Rain? Here are 7 Surprising Causes

It’s a frustrating mystery that doesn’t seem to give you any clues. You keep finding wet spots and water in the basement. No rain has fallen recently, so the damp downstairs just doesn’t make sense. Where is that water in the basement coming from? You can’t see through concrete, so how do you figure out […]

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How to Stop Water Leaks in Your Basement Walls: 10 Actionable Steps

Whether it serves as a second den, laundry room or extra storage space, it shouldn’t leak. Basement walls shouldn’t be streaked with wet stains, and they aren’t supposed to serve as breeding grounds for unhealthy mold growth. When the basement starts to look and smell like a cave, do you know how to stop a […]

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How Does a Sump Pump Work? Here’s a Simple Overview

If your Chicago home has a basement, it probably has a small appliance sitting in one corner. The unit might be installed in a basin just below floor level, or it could be an upright pedestal model. Whichever type you have, the equipment is your first line of defense against basement flooding repair. Do you […]

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Unfinished Basement Ideas: 5 Ways to Lower Flooded Basement Costs

Of all the rooms in the house, the attic and basement probably earn the title of Most Likely to Be Cluttered. The basement might be the go-to space for laundry, a catch-all storage spot or a make-shift workshop. If you’re like most homeowners, your downstairs is a little bit of everything and crowded with stuff. […]

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Sump Pump Maintenance: How to Avoid a Wet Basement

Just like every other mechanical device in your life, it needs regular attention. Unlike other appliances around your home, the little unit stays tucked away in a dark corner downstairs. Overlooking sump pump maintenance is easy. Dealing with a flooded basement is a nightmare. Did you know that your sump pump’s upkeep is actually pretty […]

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