Spring ’20 Flood Prep: Are You Ready?

Jul. 10th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Temperatures have finally begun soaring into summer-like 90s.

It may be enough to wash away some of our recent heavy rainfall memories. But here are the facts: Chicago had the wettest May on record and the 16-plus inches of spring rain overall was the second-most since 1871.

To avoid a repeat of this year’s flooding issues, this Fall is prime time to install a drainage solution. McAdam provides customized drainage solutions, with multiple approaches to diverting water from the home, expediting how quickly the water can move, and managing storm water as best as environmental conditions will allow. 

In the words of a River Forest client:

Like most of the homes around me, I would get as many as eight to 10 inches of water in my basement. It happened three times over a 10-year span.

After McAdam provided a drainage solution, the next February we had really warm weather followed by rain. McAdam’s work was put to the test—and it passed easily. While some of my neighbors again had huge pools of water in their yards, mine was basically dry.

Of course, limitations such as saturated soils and grade issues make every case different. We take great pride in creatively rising to these challenges with unique solutions unlike those offered by any other contractor. 

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" is published in the July 10, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.